Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Let's Brew Wednesday - 1950 Adnams PA

The 1950’s – what a wonderful decade. I sort of feel at home there, seeing it’s the era when I was born. Odd thought that.

But the usual images – teddy boys, rock and roll, rising living standards – all come from much later in the decade. The early years were much tougher. Rationing and shortages of almost everything were the order of the day.  Beer output was falling and gravities were only just starting to creep back up a little.

Yet this beer from that time is very recognisable. It looks much like the Ordinary Bitters I remember from my youth. OG of 1036, 3.6% ABV. Glancing at the 1977 Good Beer Guide there are dozens of Bitters with similar gravities. Including Adnams. Their Bitter is listed with exactly the same gravity as this version.

It would be difficult to have a much simpler beer than this: pale malt, No. 1 invert and English hops. It looks to me like a classic drinking Bitter. Especially as it has fairly robust hopping. In short, a beer built for a session. The eight pints in two hours kind of session.

It’s so simple, I'm struggling to think of anything more to say. Other than brew this beer. I’m sure you won’t regret it.

Now over to me . . . . .

1950 Adnams PA
pale malt 7.50 lb 93.75%
no. 1 sugar 0.50 lb 6.25%
Fuggles 90 min 0.75 oz
Goldings 60 min 0.75 oz
Goldings 30 min 0.75 oz
OG 1036
FG 1008.9
ABV 3.59
Apparent attenuation 75.28%
IBU 34
Mash at 149º F
Sparge at 170º F
Boil time 120 minutes
pitching temp 61º F
Yeast WLP025 Southwold

1 comment:

Yalleriron said...

Adnams Champion Pale Ale was an excellent quaffing beer, and lasted until, I think, the 1980's before they dropped it.

You may recall a TV show featuring Champion the Wonder Horse. Certain rude comparisons were made between equine waste products and this beer.