I could probably tell for sure by looking a little further back in Flowers brewing records. Because Brewmaster wasn’t originally a Flowers brand. It came from J.W. Green of Luton, with whom Flowers merged in the spring of 1954. I say merged. Effectively J.W. Green took over Flowers, though oddly the name of the new company was Flowers Breweries, Ltd. I’ll be telling you more about the merger later. But for the moment let’s concentrate on this beer.
It's been pointed out to me that there was a beer called Flowers Original Bitter. I shouldn't have needed it pointing out as I almost certainly drank it back in the 1980's.That's why I couldn't find a label: it was a draught beer.
It’s another minimalist classic, containing only a handful of ingredients. Though I suspect there was some caramel used for colour correction. You won’t get a beer as dark as the colour specified on the brew sheet with the ingredients listed. Just a cosmetic thing, really, so don’t feel obliged to do it. I doubt it has any noticeable effect on the beer’s flavour.
Goldings are a pure guess as the hop variety. Mostly based on the fact that it’s a highish gravity Pale Ale. Good-quality Pale Ales were usually hopped with Goldings.
Nothing left but to hit you with the recipe.
|1955 Flowers OB|
|pale malt||8.75 lb||92.11%|
|No. 1 invert||0.50 lb||5.26%|
|malt extract||0.25 lb||2.63%|
|Goldings 90 min||1.00 oz|
|Goldings 60 min||1.00 oz|
|Goldings 30 min||0.75 oz|
|Mash at||152º F|
|Sparge at||160º F|
|Boil time||90 minutes|
|pitching temp||60º F|
|Yeast||WLP007 Dry English Ale|
Get ready for some big changes to these posts. I’ll reveal more later this week.