Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout Recipe


Duck Rabbit Milk Stout

Photo from shyzaboy on Flickr

Duck-Rabbit is a brewery located in Farmville, NC.  They have been around since 2004, and their most popular and well-known beer is their Milk Stout.  I have found that some people love it and others aren’t that fond of it, but it is a very popular choice for an NC craft beer.

I will be doing my best to find or create clone recipes for as many NC craft beers as possible, so I thought that the Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout would be a good one to start with.  The below recipe was originally found on



5 gallon All-Grain recipe

Original Gravity 1.054 (1.048 to 1.056)
Final Gravity 1.015 (1.013 to 1.016)
Color 44° SRM (Black)
Mash Efficiency 75%
Bitterness 27.0 IBU
Alcohol 5.2% ABV
Calories 179 per 12 oz.


LB OZ Malt or Fermentable ppg °L
9 0 TF Marris Otter 34 5
1 0 Chocolate Malt (Thomas Fawcett) 34 508
0 8 Roasted Barley 25 300
0 8 Rice Hulls (avoid stuck sparge!) 0 0
 11 0


use time amount ingredient
boil 60 min 16 ounces Lactose
boil 15 min 1 ounces Whirlfloc Tablet


Wyeast Irish Ale (1084)

I have not brewed this yet, so if you do, let us know how it turns out!  Post your thoughts in the comments (or share some, for Christ’s sake!) so we can know what you think.  The recipe seems to match up pretty well from how I remember the beer tasting, but as I said, I haven’t given it a shot yet.



That is my recipe. I have Duck Rabbit on tap in my keezer, and wrote them asking what I would need to do to brew a clone. The recipe is gleaned from that email. I have not brewed it yet, since I drink more of this in the winter then summer. Here is a copy of the email for your pleasure:

From: Paul C. Philippon []
Sent: Sunday, March 06, 2011 6:56 PM
To: Orlando
Subject: RE: milk stout

Mr. Teixeira,

Thanks for your interest in Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout. We use a good portion of lactose, of course. We use roast barley and chocolate malts, but no black patent malt. Other than that, it’s the normal stuff plus lots of passion!


Paul Philippon
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery, Inc.
4519 West Pine St
Farmville NC 27828
ph: 252.753-7745
fx: 252.753-7261

Let me know if you brew it before me!



Thanks Orlando! The recipe looks great, but definitely give us an update if/when you brew it!

Or, if anyone else brews this soon, I’m interested in a report to see how it turns out.


I brewed this recently in Colorado after visiting family in North Carolina. It came out just like Duck Rabbit Milk Stout. My first all-grain home brew and it came out great! I will brew this again. Thanks.


That’s great! Glad to hear it turned out for you. Thanks for the follow-up!


Good stuff! Chris, what was your fermentation schedule?


looking at doing this one in the coming month. did you really have the lactose in for the entire boil?



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