There's something else about the Brown Ales worth mentioning: the colour. Those values, if my conversion is correct, are around 50 EBC. At the dark end of the spectrum for a Brown Ale.
Don't you just love the random use of shilling designations for the Pale Ales. There are 60/-, 70/- and 105/- examples with very similar gravities around 1030º. That's about right for an Ordinary Bitter in the 1940's. The ones from 1940 and 1946 are probably the same beer. The difference in gravity being the effect of WW II.
What really draws my attention, though, are those ones with Export in the name. They look very much like, er, Export. The modern 80/- type thing. I'm becoming convinced that the term, at least the way it's used in style nazi fiction, is a post-war phenomenon.
Those two Stouts are very different in style. The Export Stout looks like a pre-WW I Stout. Perhaps it was genuinely brewed for export. The high degree of attenuation is very unlike most post-war Scottish Stouts. The colour, 350, is pretty much opaque black.
The weak , sweet one looks more typical. Interesting that it has a higher FG than the Export Stout, despite having a much lower OG. 175 is on the pale side for a Stout. Just about enough to be in Stout territory.
Finally the Strong Ales, or as the brewery called them, Heavy Ales. Funny, isn't it, that although Export was being used in the modern sense around 1950, Heavy wasn't. Clearly it's still being used as a synonym for "strong". The gravity is very decent for the immediate post-war period. Many Strong Ales were under 1050º.
Obviously these beers don't necessarily include the whole of Murray's range, but there is one obvious omission: any sort of Mild Ale. The style seems to have been dead as a doornail pretty much by the time WW II rolled around. So a good 50 years before it suffered the same fate in most of England.
|William Murray beers in the 1940's and 1950's|
|1949||Brown Ale||Brown Ale||1/-||pint||bottled||1010||1037.8||18 + 40||3.60||73.54%|
|1950||Brown Ale||Brown Ale||1/-||half pint||bottled||1013.4||1057.1||11 + 40||5.69||76.53%|
|1940||Pale Ale||Pale Ale||pint||bottled||1005.75||1036.25||3.97||84.14%|
|1946||60/- Ale||Pale Ale||pint||bottled||1007||1028.5||2.79||75.44%|
|1947||105/- Ale||Pale Ale||15d||pint||bottled||1004.5||1032||3.58||85.94%|
|1947||70/- Ale||Pale Ale||15d||pint||bottled||1006.5||1032.5||3.38||80.00%|
|1947||Pale Ale||Pale Ale||pint||bottled||1009.5||1031||2.78||69.35%|
|1949||PA 60/-||Pale Ale||pint||bottled||1006||1030||3.12||80.00%|
|1949||Pale Ale||Pale Ale||half pint||bottled||1010.5||1029.5||2.45||64.41%|
|1949||Strong Pale Ale Export||Pale Ale||pint||bottled||1010.5||1038.5||3.63||72.73%|
|1954||Export Ale||Pale Ale||bottled||1016||1044||23||3.62||63.64%|
|1955||Export Ale||Pale Ale||1/3d||half pint||bottled||1010.7||1044.5||25||4.39||75.96%|
|1959||"Wee Murray" Pale Ale||Pale Ale||10d||half pint||bottled||1011.2||1032.7||30||2.69||65.75%|
|1959||Extra Sweet Stout||Stout||14d||halfpint||bottled||1018.3||1039.6||175||2.74||53.79%|
|1947||Heavy Ale||Strong Ale||pint||bottled||1017.25||1066.25||6.38||73.96%|
|1955||Heavy Ale||Strong Ale||1/3d||nip||bottled||1021||1071.7||105||6.59||70.71%|
|Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/002|
|Thomas Usher Gravity Book document TU/6/11 held at the Scottish Brewing Archive|