Our series of export beers continues, this time with another Export Stout. Truman's brewed quite a range of Porters and Stouts in the 19th century. In 1840, there were three: Running Stout, Double Stout and Export Stout. Unusually it wasn't strength that differentiated them. The gravities were very similar: 1080.1 (Running), 1081.2 (Export), 1083.1 Double. Not much between them there. The grists, however, did diffeer considerably.
What would you expect in a Porter/Stout of this period? Pale malt, brown malt, black malt and optionally amber malt. Truman's Stouts all contained the first three. Just in quite different proportions. As you can see:
|Truman Stouts in 1840|
|Document B/THB/C/41 held at the London Metropolitan Archives.|
Unsurprisingly, the Export Stout is the most heavily hopped. Over 8 pounds a barrel. That's a lot. More than an IPA of the time. Makes you think.
Before anyone mentions it, I have noticed the difference between my grist for the Export Stout and Kristen's below. Truman's appear to have only employed brewers with terrible handwriting. It's a recurring theme in their brewing records, spanning a century and a half. The log upon which this recipe is based has some funny squiggles for the name of one malt. I think it's "Br" for brown malt. But it could be "A" for amber malt. See what you think. It's the third row:
I had been going to say that I had no idea where Truman sent their Stout. Then I did a quick search and found this:
Australia, then, was one of the destinations. No wonder they hopped it like crazy if it was going all that way.
That's me done for now. . . . . . . over to Kristen . . . . .
There isn’t really a whole lot to say about this beer. We’ve done some exporty porters and stouts before so none of this is really new. 4 base malts and 100% one hop. The only thing that I would caution on is the use of this much brown malt. If you haven’t used it before, make sure you let it have a good rest as there are a lot of dextrins in brown malt than can mess up your final OG unless you rest it long enough.
Advanced Mash – There was a short underlet but the single infusion worked pretty much exactly like the multi-infusion. Really, nothing special.