In first half of the 19th century they brewed Stouts that looked very much like those from London. And different from Younger’s Scottish-style beers in that the rate of attenuation was significantly higher. In the 1870’s they started a new range of Stouts, much more lightly hopped and with a poorer degree of attenuation. Sometimes they contained no fresh hops at, just spent hops from previous brews.
MBS, which appeared just before WW I, seems to combine attributes of the two older sets of Stout. It had a reasonable degree of attenuation, but was lightly hopped and used spent hops. It seems to have been discontinued in the 1930’s
This post WW I version is rather more heavily and thankfully without spent hops. It’s a nightmare writing a recipe with lots of spent hops in it. I’ve assumed, for recipe purposes, that spent hops have a tenth of the power of unused hops. No idea how accurate that is.
For William Younger, the recipe is incredibly complicated, with three different sorts of malt and caramel. Obviously, there’s a shitload of grits, too. Though not quite as many as it some of their other beers.
The hopping, in terms of varieties, is exactly the same as for all their other beers of this period: Kent, Saaz, British Columbia and Pacific. Not quite sure what Saaz was bringing to the part as the amount used was always pretty small.
For a compare and contrast exercise, next I’ll give you the recipe for DBS, the most long-lived of Younger’s Stouts. And the most normal-looking one.
|1921 William Younger MBS|
|pale malt||6.25 lb||50.00%|
|black malt||0.75 lb||6.00%|
|amber malt||0.75 lb||6.00%|
|caramel 500 SRM||0.50 lb||4.00%|
|Cluster 90 min||1.25 oz|
|Cluster 60 min||1.25 oz|
|Saaz 30 min||0.50 oz|
|Fuggles 30 min||1.00 oz|
|Goldings dry hops||1.00 oz|
|Mash at||152º F|
|Sparge at||160º F|
|Boil time||150 minutes|
|pitching temp||60º F|
|Yeast||WLP028 Edinburgh Ale|