Today's beers, at least the Pale Ales, nicely frame WW II. I'm pretty sure that the 1940 Pale Ale is also 60/- PA. It is only 0.25 of a degree lower than the 60/- PA from 1939 we looked at last time. It highlights nicely the effect on beer gravity of the war. Average gravity continued to drop after WW II, hitting its nadir in 1947:
|Average OG 1939 - 1951|
|Brewers' Almanack 1955, p. 50|
It's revealing that the 1947 80/- is a similar gravity to the 1940 60/-. Basically the war had knocked 20 bob off Pale Ales.
How can you call a beer of 1028º a Stout? With a lot of cheek and the hope that the punters have forgotten that the word means "strong" in a beer context. The example from 1953 is a bit better in terms of gravity, but a pathetic degree of attenuation leave it even weaker in alcohol terms, a puny 2.38% ABV. Folköl, really.
And finally we have those Strong Ales. A bit weak compared to some of the others we've seen from Scottish breweries. The colour of the second, 16 + 40, is dark. Very dark. Just short of Stout territory.
The next part of this series will be dead, dead exciting. That's when I open up Robert Younger's brewing records and take a peek inside. Because there was something odd about the way they brewed. Logical, in a twisted way, but still odd.
|Robert Younger's beers in the 1940's and 1950's|
|1940||Pale Ale||Pale Ale||bottled||1008||1037.75||3.90||79.47%|
|1946||60/- Ale||Pale Ale||bottled||1008||1028.5||2.65||71.93%|
|1946||60/- Ale||Pale Ale||bottled||1011||1027.5||2.19||61.82%|
|1946||60/- Ale||Pale Ale||bottled||1006||1027.5||2.79||78.18%|
|1947||80/- Ale||Pale Ale||bottled||1010||1038.5||3.76||75.32%|
|1953||Sweet Stout||Stout||bottled||1017||1035.7||1 + 12||2.38||51.82%|
|1948||Strong Ale||Strong Ale||bottled||1015||1048||4.34||69.79%|
|1953||Strong Ale||Strong Ale||bottled||1017||1066.3||16 + 40||6.45||74.66%|
|Thomas Usher Gravity Book document TU/6/11 held at the Scottish Brewing Archive|
|Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/002|