Dry Dock SS Minnow Mild Pro-Series Extract Kit w/Specialty Grains

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Silver Medal Winner, 2008 Great American Beer Festival.
Don’t judge a book by its cover, never judge a beer by its ABV. It may be mild in gravity, but this sessionable dark mild has big flavor. In fact, with less alcohol in the way, the true nuances of British malts have a chance to shine. Think biscuity, nutty undertones with gentle toffee and chocolate-like roast character, wrapped up in a smooth, full body. Balanced drams like this one are why British pint glasses are bigger.

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Dry Dock SS Minnow Mild Pro-Series Extract Kit w/Specialty Grains

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Silver Medal Winner, 2008 Great American Beer Festival. Don’t judge a book by its cover, never judge a beer by its ABV. It may be mild in gravity, but this sessionable dark mild has big flavor. In fact, with less alcohol in the way, the true nuances of British malts have a chance to shine. Think biscuity, nutty undertones with gentle toffee and chocolate-like roast character, wrapped up in a smooth, full body. Balanced drams like this one are why British pint glasses are bigger. Dry Dock Brewing Company of Aurora CO is one of the hottest up and coming breweries in the US. In the 6 years that it has been open, it has racked up more than a dozen World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival medals, including Small Brewing Company of the Year. But to try one of their amazing brews you’d have to live in the tiny section of Colorado they cater to. Good thing for the rest of us Dry Dock has worked closely with Northern Brewer to develop these Pro-Series beer kits. We’ve sourced the same ingredients and kept all the recipe particulars the same, just scaled down to your homebrewery. Enjoy!

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style British
Beer Style Brown Ale
Color Dark
Original Gravity 1037
Total Time to Make 4 weeks

Customer Reviews

Great Brew. Medal Winner-For Sure Review by MC
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Got this kit for a mild to put on tap. No regrets. I did half hop it but it would be great with the full hop compliment as well. Two weeks primary, wyeast pack. Then two weeks keg conditioned after one cold crash to start off. I see why this is an award winner. Great head, nutty overtones, very drinkable in large quantities due to an abv of 3.7. Low abv but you could never tell...full bodied and great flavor! Highly recommended. I will certainly brew more. Great kit...thanks Dry Dock and NB for making this pro series kit!!! (Posted on 5/24/14)
It's a keeper! Review by Marty
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I'm drinking a pint of this as I type. I added a half cup of light DME and a half cup of plain sugar at the end of the boil to boost the gravity just a bit. After three weeks in the primary, I secondary fermented for another week (mostly to clear), then kegged and force carbed for a week. It turned out great! Nice roasty, malty, light chocolate character with just the right hint of hop flavor and bitterness. My wife likes this one as much as I do, so I think it'll be a regular addition to my rotation from here on out. (Posted on 3/6/14)
Enjoying the SS Minnow. Review by Joe F
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The SS minnow dark mild is a smooth tasty beer that has a nice chocolate note but is not too heavy. Has gotten a good response from friends. (Posted on 1/10/14)
Thanks dry dock Review by Brewer
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Dry dock recipes always good will purchase again. (Posted on 10/29/13)
Solid session beer Review by mlk
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A very drinkable session brown ale. Highlights the malts, downplays the hops. As promised, a bit of interesting chocolate character. My wife loves it. For me, not my favorite style, but a very, very good dark mild recipe. (Posted on 10/19/13)
Delicious Review by David
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First 5 gallon batch. Easy boil, no secondary needed. Tastes great in 2 weeks, even better after 4! (Posted on 9/25/13)
Nice session ale Review by GD
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This is a pretty good session ale with enough malt complexity to make up for the low gravity. The kit is so quick and easy to brew that I was able to brew this up while doing the mash on another brew. I would recommend any fan of British ales give this one a try. (Posted on 7/24/13)
Great as a cask ale! Review by Zuzaxian
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This was my first NB kit, and I must say I'm totally satisfied. It's so good, in fact, we're drinking it straight out of the fermenter without bottling or kegging! It goes from carboy to growler to pint glass (or even straight to pint glass) and is delicious as a cask ale.

Overshot the OG on this one at 1.047 and ended up with FG of 1.011 for ABV of 4.73%, but it's still quite mild. This was also my first smack pack as I've used White Labs vials in the past, and it seems to have done its job well - no starter necessary.

Brewed on 3/2 and began consumption on 3/16; not sure it'll last long enough to condition much further than it already has.

Highly recommended as a very easy, low-stress kit to brew with great results as a session beer. (Posted on 3/16/13)
Excellent session beer Review by Samo
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As the name implies, it's a mild beer and that's the point. It's not hoppy, strong, or wild. On the bright side, you can generally have a few of these without being worried about getting hammered.

If you've never had a dark mild, see if you can find Cain's Dark Mild or if your local brew pub makes the occasional dark mild. I don't think I've heard any that have it as a year round beer.

I would describe this kit on par with any dark mild that I've tried. Perhaps the easiest way to describe these is similar to an ESB, but lighter in grain bill and hops, roasty. Wyeast 1968 helps give it a nice toffee, biscuit, chocolate, light coffee-ish vibes. It's very balanced, too. HIGHLY recommend Wyeast 1968, 1028 is a decent substitute.

Keep in mind the low grain bill is part of the beer style. The roasty nature of this beer makes it a little harder to mess up, but keep in mind that this is a somewhat delicate session beer. It's not a powerful beer that can hide a whole lot of flaws IMO.

Overall, this is an exceptional session beer. It's very polite, but quite flavorful. One of my favorite spring and summer brews. Will definitely brew this one again, probably every year. ;) (Posted on 3/15/13)
SS Minnow - Wait !! Review by John
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One of my first brews after many years of "No Brewing" - This one was 3rd of my batch's from my last (Too Many Years Ago). I chose it because it was a short beer (Time Wise) and it was well received. Well .... Slow to start as a great beer but finish as one of the best. After two months in the bottle - It was a beer that many could say is a frothy substitute for ignorant people that don't like dark beer - however it is a rich brew formidable in richness - great in body and my sig other loves it. Enough said - brew it drink it and love it.
(Posted on 11/19/12)
Brewed this beer multi times love it Review by scott in michigan
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I have been brewing for over 4 years now brew around 3-6 brews a month.
I always do a full boil on my turkey fryer.

I have brewed this beer twice now and Its going to be one of those beers that are always in my kegerator. Made a yeast starter once and I also pitched it once without a yeast starter. They both came out the same. Fermented at right around 64 degrees. Both finished at 1.010 making 3.54% abv
Love this beer lots of flavor without being too heavy. Coffee chocolate yummy goodness. Buy this beer (Posted on 10/26/12)
good brown ale Review by Roger C
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Brewed on Aug 5th. Into the secondary on Aug 14th. Finally got around to bottling on Sunday, Sept 2. Opened one the other day after conditioning for about a week and a half. This is a good, mild brown. Just like NB's description, mine has a gentle toffee/roasted chocolate flavor to it underneath the nutty notes at the top. Definitely low ABV, but that's fine. It pours a nice creamy head, that doesn't stick around long. Very clear, little sediment in my bottles. A refreshing brew that would be perfect on a summer day, but fits nicely into the upstate New York autumn. (Posted on 9/16/12)
Great Beer Review by ff72lamb
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This is a great tasting beer! I had dedicated Wheat Beer drinkers loving this stuff. I am making another batch of this very soon. (Posted on 9/6/12)
Good stuff!! Review by 787Brewer
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Brewed 5-19-12 on 5-26-12 (racked to secondary) bottled 6-2-12 and tasted 6-14-12. Pours dark but clear with creamy tan head that does not go away fast. Good coffee/chocolate flavors that linger but leaves a good flavor. Light but not bitter. Made for my Dad for his 80th Birthday! I gave him the catalog to pick out and this is what he wanted!! I got a feeling I'll be brewing this one alot for my Dad and friends!! Good stuff NB and Dry Dock!!

787Brewer (Posted on 6/22/12)
good dark summer beer Review by chris
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if u are lookin for a dark beer that u can drink 12+ on a hot summer day this is the perfect beer kit. i ordered the kit thinkin thick dark beer but what came out was a smooth drinkable brew that anyone can enjoy. my friends that dont care for my tase of porters even like this beer. think im goin to reorder but bump up the abv this time (Posted on 6/19/12)
Didnt have to wait for thisone to get tasty Review by The Chan Beer Depot
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Still perfecting my brewing technique but this one turned out fine for me. It has a lot of burnt, maybe chocolate roasty type flavor that makes is good. In my log book this is one that is on top..Cheap price, lots of flavor and don’t have to wait on it to come around. (Posted on 6/19/12)
great summer Review by mein
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I typically like porters and stouts but this dark mild has all the flavor and is perfect on a hot day after finishing up the yard work. I just finished the last one, absolutely love this batch, can't wait to do it again next spring. (Posted on 6/10/12)
Good. It not great. Review by D-brewer
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If you like black ales, you should like this. Its smooth and light with a good hop balance. My only complaint is that with the low grain bill it's a little watered down. (Posted on 5/29/12)
Fantastic beer! Review by NewerBrewer
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Can't believe that I am the first to rate this beer. This is my 3rd extract ale kit I have brewed. First was Caribou Slobber and second was the Rye Stout. Both of those were amazing! First beer of the SS batch that I tried was a little weak (probably because of how dark/heavy the slobber and rye are ). Now, I think that the SS may be my favorite of the 3 (or at least a tie with the slobber)! The SS is so smooth and has such a great taste. I recommend this beer very much! Trying the cream ale and honey brown next.... but might have to reorder this one soon! (Posted on 3/10/12)

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