My gob was well and truly smacked when I noticed just how many analyses I had of William Murray beers. So many, that I'll have to spread them over multiple posts. I'm not sure why I have quite so many. They weren't the largest of Scottish breweries. Or of Edinburgh brewers. But therein probably lies the key. They were located in Edinburgh and so feature heavily in the William Younger and Thomas Usher Gravity Books.
I'm coming to the conclusion that in the 1920's and 1930's Scottish brewers had moved almost totally away from Mild to Pale Ale. Like Irish brewing, Scottish brewing was out of phase with England in terms of styles. But, while Ireland was 50 years or so behind, Scotland was 30 or 40 ahead. It's a phenomenon that was repeated with Lager. Maybe we should keep our eyes on Scotland to get a preview of the next dominant style.
The gravities are typically Scottish, with most of the Pale Ales in the 1035º to 1040º band. Then with a couple of really strong ones of 1055º plus. The middle ground of the 1040º's, where most English Pale Ales hung around shuffling the change in their pockets, is unoccupied. Most of them look like post-WW II ordinary Bitters.
It wouldn't surprise me, having seen Maclay's brewing records, if that solitary Mild was just a coloured-up Pale Ale. It looks very similar to the 4d Pale Ale.
Once again we can observe the use of Heavy as a synonym for "Strong", rather than as a designator of a specific style. I know I've said it lots of times before. But I'm going to keep repeating it until it sinks in. While I'm about different uses of terms some morons think are etched in stone as specific styles, note also the use of 90/- for a moderate-strength bottled Pale Ale.
I'm disappointed that there's no Milk Stout in this set. It was one of Murray's specialities. Instead there's a sweetish-looking Oatmeal Stout. Even that has a decent attenuation of 64%. that's something else worth mentioning: the relatively high degree of attenuation of Murray's beers. Most are over 70% and some over 80%.
I'll leave you with the table itself.
|William Murray beers in the 1920's|
|1923||Carbonated Beer||Pale Ale||4d||half pint||bottled||1011.8||1035.2||27||3.03||66.48%|
|1924||Pale Ale||Pale Ale||4d||half pint||bottled||1011.1||1036.3||25||3.26||69.42%|
|1924||Pale Ale||Pale Ale||pint||draught||1037.2|
|1924||Strong PA||Pale Ale||pint||bottled||1013||1057||5.73||77.19%|
|1925||Strong Pale Ale||Pale Ale||pint||bottled||1015||1059.5||25||5.79||74.79%|
|1925||Pale Ale||Pale Ale||4d||half pint||bottled||1010.5||1039.5||25||3.76||73.42%|
|1925||Strong PA||Pale Ale||pint||bottled||1014||1060||5.99||76.67%|
|1925||Strong PA||Pale Ale||6d||half pint||bottled||1015||1060||5.86||75.00%|
|1926||Pale Ale||Pale Ale||4d||half pint||bottled||1010||1035||30||3.24||71.43%|
|1926||Pale Ale||Pale Ale||4d||half pint||bottled||1008||1034||20||3.37||76.47%|
|1927||Pale Ale||Pale Ale||pint||bottled||1007||1039||4.16||82.05%|
|1927||Pale Ale||Pale Ale||4d||half pint||bottled||1012||1035||25||2.97||65.71%|
|1928||Pale Ale||Pale Ale||4d||half pint||bottled||1009||1035||25||3.37||74.29%|
|1929||Pale Ale||Pale Ale||pint||bottled||1009||1038.5||3.83||76.62%|
|1929||4d Pale Ale (carbonated)||Pale Ale||4d||half pint||bottled||1011||1035.5||3.17||69.01%||Mawkish|
|1929||4d Pale Ale (carbonated)||Pale Ale||pint||bottled||1011||1037||3.37||70.27%||Fair but thin. Not sweet.|
|1929||Export Strong Pale Ale (carbonated)||Pale Ale||pint||bottled||1013.5||1056||5.53||75.89%|
|1929||Pale Ale||Pale Ale||4d||half pint||bottled||1008||1035.5||30|
|1924||Strong Ale||Strong Ale||pint||1011.5||1060.3||25||6.37||80.93%|
|1925||Heavy Ale||Strong Ale||6d||half pint||bottled||1015||1079||8.40||81.01%|
|1928||Strong Ale||Strong Ale||pint||bottled||1027||1085||80||7.55||68.24%|
|1929||Export Strong Ale (carbonated)||Strong Ale||pint||bottled||1013||1057||5.73||77.19%||Sweet & highly hopped.|
|1929||Heavy Ale (carbonated)||Strong Ale||pint||bottled||1030||1087||7.40||65.52%||Pleasant. Very sweet.|
|Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001|
|Thomas Usher Gravity Book document TU/6/11 held at the Scottish Brewing Archive|
|Younger, Wm. & Co Gravity Book document WY/6/1/1/19 held at the Scottish Brewing Archive|