Big Smoke – Underworld Milk Stout
Big Smoke Brewing Company has been operating out of the former stables at the back of the Antelope pub in Surbiton, London since 2014. They aim to brew flavourful, seasonal and drinkable beers and their range represents years of tweaking, trialling and tasting – as well as feedback from their regulars at the pub! The majority of their output is sold at their two pubs, the Antelope, and the Albion in Kingston, although their beer can occasionally be found in other venues around London and beyond.
Crisp Maris Otter (3700 grams)
Weyermann® CaraRed® (220 grams)
Weyermann® CaraMunich® Type 2 (170 grams)
Weyermann® Carafa Special® Type 3 (160 grams)
Crisp Chocolate Malt (140 grams)
Crisp Roasted Barley (36 grams)
TMM Jumbo Oat Flakes 26 (240 grams)
Fuggles Pellets (39 grams)
SafAle™ S-04 11.5g (1 packs)
Lactose 500g (1 packs) Only 150g required for this recipe
Beer Style (main): British Ales
Beer Style (sub): Sweet Stout or Cream Stout
Batch Size: 20L
Original Gravity: 1.056
Final Gravity: 1.018
ABV %: 5
Temperature °C: 67
Length (mins): 60
Out temp °C: 75
Out time (mins): 10
Boil time (mins): 60
Additions and timing:
5g Ground Coffee Beans – these should be added to the either the mash or boil.
60 mins Fuggles. 20g
30 mins. Fuggles. 12g
30 mins. Vanilla Pod. 4.5g (not included)
15 mins Organic Chocolate. 7.5g (not included)
15 mins Lactose. 150g
Secondary additions and timing:
Yeast: S-04 English Ale Yeast
Fermentation temperature/steps: Pitch at 18c, leave temperature to free rise. Cap at 21c until fermentation is complete.
Underworld Milk Stout is brewed with lactose, vanilla pods, espresso and chocolate for a complex, creamy finish. It uses classic English hop varietal Fuggles for a gentle bitterness and soft aroma, with the hops taking a back seat to an aroma of freshly-pulled espresso coffee and sweet vanilla. The grist is complex and nuanced with most of the colour coming from the German Carafa Special III malt which helps keep the bitterness in check. Underworld has won several awards in its class and is a firm favourite of mine!
Note: This requires 7.5g of organic chocolate, 5g of ground coffee beans and 1 vanilla pod which are not included in this kit.
Every effort is made to match the brewery recipe precisely, but at times it maybe necessary to change some of the listed ingredients on the recipe to alternatives due to seasonality or availability, but in all cases we do our best replace with something that won’t impact on the overall taste and flavour of the beer.