We're back in the early days of Barclay Perkins Lager-brewing adventure. Only a few years after their shiny new Lager brewery had only been commissioned.
I had this odd thought the other day. What if the success of their Lager brewing had been the cause of the brewery's downfall. It struck me that maybe Courage had really wanted to get their hands on Barclay Perkins' Lager brewery? It makes sense, because that's what Courage didn't have. Just a thought. Not sure if it's true or not.
Initially, Barclay Perkins only brewed two Lagers, Export and Dark. The former was a pale Lager in the Export style. The latter a British take on a Münchener. Later a weaker draught Lager called Draught was introduced. Exciting stuff, eh?
I'm intrigued by the differences in the grist of Export and Dark. Our beer today is all-malt, while Export had around 25% corn grits. Making it look more like an American than a Continental beer. Not that Dark has a grist like a Bavarian beer. Yes, it's all malt, but I don't think they would have used black and crystal malt in Munich.
The hopping definitely isn't along German. Pretty sure they would never have used American hops. Or Goldings, for that matter. Though 50% of the total is Saaz.
All in all, a bit of an odd mix of British and Continental ingredients. But still way more authentic than modern industrial British attempts at Lager.
That's me done, so it's over to me . . . . . .
|1925 Barclay Perkins Dark Lager|
|pilsner malt 2 row||10.75 lb||81.13%|
|crystal malt 60l||2.25 lb||16.98%|
|black malt||0.25 lb||1.89%|
|Cluster 90 min||0.75 oz|
|Saaz 60 min||1.50 oz|
|Goldings 30 min||0.75 oz|
|Mash at||156º F|
|Sparge at||170º F|
|Boil time||90 minutes|
|pitching temp||48.5º F|
|Yeast||Wyeast 2042 Danish lager|
For those wishing to go the full decoction hog, here are the details of the mash:
Let me know if you're enjoying these Lager recipes.