There was only one problem, I wanted more of it and driving a couple of hours to DC for a few Friday night libations is not really something I would do, and Oliver Ales' beers are only available in Baltimore and Northern Virginia as I understand it. What I could do though was brew something vaguely similar in my kitchen. Incidently, my double brewing session yesterday was the last I will be doing in my current flat. We closed on our house on Friday, get the keys today hopefully and start the process of shifting all our stuff to the new place.
The page for Ape Must Never Kill Ape on RateBeer describes the beer thus:
A Belgian inspired dark ale, using english pale malt, dark crystal, chocolate, carafa 3, Belgian biscuit and caramel vienna. Bittered with Kent Goldings and Czech Saaz, finished with Fuggles and German Tenttnanger then fermented with Belgian DeKonick yeast and cold conditioned with vanilla beans
Clearly that gave me the outline of the Belgian Mild I wanted to brew, though I have no plans to age it on vanilla beans. My recipe then was:
- 66% Golden Promise pale malt
- 13% Vienna malt
- 7% Pale Chocolate malt
- 5% Crystal 20 malt
- 3% Crisp Amber malt
- 3% Caramunich I malt
- 3% Carafa III malt
- 10 IBU Styrian Goldings for 60 minutes
- 8.5 IBU Czech Saaz for 15 minutes
- 0.5 IBU Czech Saaz for 1 minute
- Wyeast 3944 Belgian Witbier
Not so much a clone then as a thoroughly shameless homage to the best beer I have had served through a beer engine on this side of the Atlantic. If this turns out well, I am half tempted to take a bottle up to Baltimore with me when I head up there to spend inordinate amounts of time and money with my best friend.