Stouts are one of those beers where it’s either a hit or a miss with regular beer drinkers. There are the astringent bitter Imperial Stouts like Guinness which some people swear by while others tend to pass. With Milk stouts, it’s more of a middle ground. So they are called Milk Stouts since they have lactose(milk sugar) added in the wort. This makes a milk stout sweet. The wort is essentially a solution of simple sugars and disaccharides which the yeast can digest and produce alcohol in the process. Thus a beer does not taste sweet, as at the end of the ferment all the sugars have been converted. With lactose, things are different. Yeast, lack the enzyme Lactase, which is needed to break it down into Glucose and Galactose, Simple sugars the yeast can feast on. There is hence a sweetness to milk stouts.

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Milk Stout Recipe

How to make milk stout at home without using any specialized brewing equipment
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine alcohol, English
Servings 8 liters
Calories 50 kcal


  • boiling pot
  • fermenter
  • Airlock
  • cloth bag


  • 700 gm Pilsner Malt
  • 100 gm Chocolate Malt
  • 100 gm Black Malt
  • 120 gm Lactose
  • 100 gm Flaked Oats
  • 20 gm coffee
  • 750 gm DME (wort extract powder)
  • 5 gm Arishtam Stout Yeast


  • Grains steeped for 20 mins
  • Boil Time :60 mins
  • 30min addition of 20gm Galena Hop flowers
  • 45 min addition of Lactose and Coffee.
  • Cool down and ferment at 24°C for 10 days.


This is a simple recipe to get beer brewing hobby started. Once we get a hang of it, we can introduce nitrogen gas to make Guinness style beer

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Keyword home made beer, milk, stout


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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Hotmail

    5 stars

    thanks for recipe. I think it’ll delicious

  2. pranavrjoshi

    This is currently brewing but without lactose, and its not as dark, so its more of a brown ale but so far coming out nicely. Ready for bottling in 3-4 days

  3. Ankur

    5 stars

    Wow you can make so many interesting recipes with such simple setup

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