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Mackeson's Stout

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Mackeson's Stout

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Beer Style: Sweet Stout  (13B)
Recipe Type: all-grain
Yield: 5 US gallons

Sweet Stout


This recipe is based on one presented by Bob Pritchard in his book All About Beer. He also advocates adding saccharine. In digest #245, Doug Roberts said that he made this beer and did not like the results. He said, "I will never again make a batch with brown sugar as an ingredient (a little honey or molasses, perhaps, but not caramelized refined sugar). The recipe absolutely no resemblance to thick, rich, sweet Mackeson. It was a thin, cidery sorry imitation.


  • 5 pounds, pale malt
  • 1/2 pound, crystal malt
  • 1/2 pound, roast black malt
  • 1 pound, soft brown sugar
  • 1-3/4 ounce, Fuggles hops
  • ale yeast

Beer Profile

Original Gravity: 1.040
Final Gravity: 1.008-1.010
Alcohol by Vol: 4.19%
Recipe Type: all-grain
Yield: 5.00 US Gallons

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Treat the water with 1/4 ounce of magnesium sulfate and 1 ounce of common salt. Crush all grains and mash in 2 gallons of water at 165 degrees for 2 hours. Sparge with 2 gallons of 170 degree water. A few drops of caramel may be added at this stage if proper color has not been sufficiently achieved. Boil 1-1/2 hours with hops and sugar. Bring to 5 gallons, pitch yeast when at correct temperature. This recipe can be brewed at an O.G. of 1.045 by adding 1/4 pound of dark extract. May also add 1/4 pound of lactose in boil to provide a slightly higher gravity and a sweeter palate.