Milk Stout by Jim Baumann (Malt Extract)

Milk Stout by Jim Baumann (Malt Extract)

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(Makes 5 gallons) Jim was looking for a dark, smooth, creamy mouth feel stout just like an Australian stout he had tasted years ago. Over the years, Jim found a clone that was close but needed some small changes. After many trials and test batches, he came up with this recipe that is very drinkable when it is fresh. It will get smoother with a couple months of aging and creaminess added by the lactose makes this a very good winter warming stout. Jim hopes you enjoy this beer as much as he has. Jim recommends WLP004 Irish ale yeast.

Estimated Original Gravity:1.052-56
SRM (Color Range: 39
IBU's: 39-43 Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 5.25%

Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags, yeast or priming sugar. The recommended yeast(s) can be found below. All grains will come milled.

WLP004 - White Labs Irish Ale
WY1084 - Wyeast Irish Ale
IYA10 - Imperial Darkness

Please Note: In order to better serve our customers, we are now offering our extract recipe kits with either Liquid Malt Extract (LME) or Dried Malt Extract (DME). The majority of our DME kits were converted from the LME version, which is why you may notice slight variances in the extract names and quantities on your recipe sheet. You may also find that your Specific Gravity and ABV% are slightly higher if you choose DME. Whether LME or DME, add all extracts provided according to the recipe sheet. For further details, please reference the conversion chart below.
MoreBeer! Extract Recipe Kit Conversion Chart
Liquid Malt Extract Dry Malt Extract
4 lbs 3.5 lbs
5 lbs 4 lbs
6 lbs 5 lbs
7 lbs 6 lbs
8 lbs 6.5 lbs
9 lbs 7 lbs
Ultralight Malt Extract Golden Light DME
Pale Malt Extract Golden Light DME
Pilsner Malt Extract Pilsen Light DME


ABV %5.5
Beer StyleStout & Porter
Ready to Drink Within2-4 Weeks
Alcohol ContentMedium (5-7%)
BitternessMedium (26-45ibu)
Fermentation Temp Range64-72
Brewing MethodExtract
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My wife had a Sweetheart Stout when last we were in Scotland, and we haven’t been able to find it in the states. Want to brew something similar for ourselves.
John K T on May 29, 2020
big fan of stouts want to improve my skills as a brewer
Samuel A H on Apr 9, 2020
My wife had a Sweetheart Stout when last we were in Scotland, and we haven’t been able to find it in the states. Want to brew something similar for ourselves.
John K T on May 29, 2020
Looking for a beer to shelve for a bit
Jason H C on Apr 23, 2020
big fan of stouts want to improve my skills as a brewer
Samuel A H on Apr 9, 2020
Sounds good
David Y on Feb 26, 2020
Liked the reviews and wanted something different for the holidays
Bernard L. on Nov 12, 2019
i'm going to add marshmallow extract to it to see what happens.
Timothy P on Oct 3, 2019
I like Stouts
Larry E on Jul 16, 2019
My Wife is 8 months pregnant and all she wants after she gives birth is a Stout
Nicholas J D on Jun 21, 2019
Have used before, great kit
Valued C on Jun 4, 2019
Using as a base for Gingerbread Stout
Alan T on Nov 30, 2018
never brewed before
Clay Bridgewater on Aug 23, 2018
Second favorite
Ed C on Jul 10, 2018
Brewed before
kevin S on Apr 26, 2018
Loooove Belching Beavers Peanut Butter Milk Stout, looking to start somewhere.
Kelsey G W on Apr 10, 2018
Absolutely Love this. Serve it to "non-craft beer drinkers," and they are hesitant to try, now ask for it everytime they're over to visit. I think they're here for the beer.
Bob P on Apr 9, 2018
its good with vanilla and burbon
keith s on Apr 4, 2018
repeat brew
Tammy L B on Feb 21, 2018
Wanted to use this as base to add maple and pecan flavorings
Gregory D on Feb 13, 2018
Tried this last year and loved it
Valued C on Jan 23, 2018
I like stouts
Taylor F on Jan 12, 2018
Looking for a beer to shelve for a bit
Jason H C on Apr 23, 2020
Sounds good
David Y on Feb 26, 2020

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This is my favorite beer I've ever brewed in the 20ish different recipes I've tried. I would actually buy this in 6 packs from the store! It comes out very creamy with a great balance of flavors. I had several friends over who don't like dark beers at all and they absolutely loved it.

If you can be patient and drink on something else, let this beer age for a month or more to really see it at its best. I used some of the recommended WLP04 Irish ale yeast.

I can't put this over enough, just buy it!
September 23, 2019
over 2 years ago
Let it condition for a month
Opened first bottle after 14 days of conditioning and it was just ok. I opened the next bottle after 30 days and it was amazing. High marks from everyone that i shared with. I will definitely make this again.
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June 17, 2019
1 year ago
Great Milk Stout
Great Extract recipe. Not that the style is supposed to be, but I found myself wanting a little more chocholatey flavor, but tastes great. Would recommend.
June 1, 2019
1 year ago
Awesome Milk Stout
The stout was exceptional, smooth, creamy. About 1.5 in primary, 2 weeks in secondary. My buddies tried to drink it all when we played poker. Goes great with cigars! I also tried the Sweet Stout recipe, but Jim's recipe is more what I wanted. Highly recommended.
January 24, 2018
over 2 years ago
Nice Milk Stout
I've made many Stouts in the past but this was my first Milk Stout and the results were great, smooth and creamy mouth feel with medium to full body. I modified the recipe with some flaked oats and some Bourbon Chips.
The Bourbon effect was minimal but noticeable although I would prefer more Bourbon flavor.
August 27, 2017
the best milk stout ever
brewed about 5 different milk stouts 9 months ago...after aging in the beer cave a taste test was done.....the smoothest most flavorful beer emerged....buy this one, and let it mellow...excellent beer sir!!!
October 6, 2016
Great Stout
Third batch of my brewing experience. Awesome flavor. Non beer drinkers like it. Beer drinkers see the dark color and expect something harsh. To their surprise, it's mellow. I will definitely brew this again next Winter.
February 10, 2016
Good, but light
On the whole, a really good brew. Smooth and creamy, even if a bit on the thin side.
May 29, 2015
Love this!
Awesome stout! Good mouthfeel! This beer is on my regular brew schedule in winter.
May 27, 2015
A most excellent brew. Hints of coffee and chocolate as expected but not quite as much "milk" (lactate) finish as I hoped. I will definitely brew this again but perhaps add a bit more lactate.
April 7, 2015