A little something from the inside cover of a Barclay Perkins brewing log. One for the period 1899-1901. It's been far too long since I last mentioned Barclay Perkins.
It's a series of scribbled notes, registering events at the brewery or changes to recipes. See what you make of it:
Monday Oct 8 - Mortons Burton men finished fixed refrigerator
August 21 - increased hops to 10 lbs per qtr.
August 31 - X 1 pint syrup
Sept 2 - X 1 quart syrup
Sept 26 - X Raised mash heat
Sept 26 - X Decreased quantity of hops to 9 lbs per qtr.
Oct 15 - X Decreased quantity of hops to 8 lbs per qtr.
Oct 15 - X 2 quarts priming
Oct 19 - XLK First new hops used 1/3rd
Oct 31 - XLK Raised mash heat
Nov 2 - X Change yeast Whitbread
Nov 5 - X First new hops for X
Nov 7 & 8 - XLK & X Raised mash heat
Nov 9 - X Increased quantity priming
Nov 15 - X Increased old hops
Nov 9 - KK (2) 1/2 new malt
Nov 26 - X Increased old hops
Dec 6 - X Decreased quantity of Sacc to 1/5
Dec 11 - X Used Calif instead of Smyrna
Dec 13 - X All malt
Dec 18 & 19 - X 209 - 210 1/4th new malt
Dec 21 - XLK Decreased hops to 9 lbs per qtr.
Dec 21 - XLK Lower mash heat
Jan 8 1901 X Ran out of Smyrna used less.
Probably the most significant items are those recording the first use of the new season's hops. In mid-October for XLK (ordinary Bitter) and the beginning of November for X (Mild).
Normal practice was to wait a few months before using new season hops. And, as it says in the note, starting off by only using a third fresh hops.
That's it. I told you it was little.
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