Homebrew Cautionary Tale: English Mild Ale

We brewed an English Mild, “Through a Mild Darkly” from Palmer’s Brewing Classic Styles in mid-November to have the beer ready to drink by the holidays.  We sampled the beer a few days early to see if it was worthy of bringing along on our trip to visit Fr. Jack’s family.  It did not disappoint: like a light brown ale it was very easy to drink.  We brought a 6-pack on our trip and left the rest to relax in Fr. Jack’s closet.  Upon our return less than a week later we discovered, to our horror, that the beer was suddenly overcarbonated as well as smelling and tasting off.  After some research we concluded that it must have gotten very warm in NOLA over the holidays and it ruined two cases worth of beer (however, the remnants of our homebrew sweet stout survived without a scratch).  We learned the hard way: leave the AC on just in case!

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