You’ll be pleased to hear that we’re leaving watery beers aside for a . . . slightly less watery beer. One with all the punch of an Ordinary Bitter. Let’s face, this is pretty much the same beer as BB. Just a little bit stronger. It’s a weird world, the late 1940’s. Where a brewery might have four or five beers under 1033º.
I’m going to struggle to draw this out over 100 words. Er, pretty boring grist: pale malt, the obligatory flaked barley and a touch of malt extract. Again, around half of the hops look as if they’ve come from Shepherd Neame’s own hop garden.
Just a slightly stronger version of the BB. That’s it really. Just about done with Shep’s 1947 beer range. Just one to go: LDA. Guess what that is. Go on. Not got it? A waterier version of BA. Hard to believe that a beer of 1034º could be a brewery’s strongest. But it’s true. BA was the strongest beer Shep’s brewed in 1947. Happy days? I don’t think so.
|1947 Shepherd Neame BA|
|pale malt||6.50 lb||80.55%|
|flaked barley||1.50 lb||18.59%|
|malt extract||0.07 lb||0.87%|
|Fuggles 120 mins||0.75 oz|
|Goldings 30 mins||0.75 oz|
|Goldings dry hops||0.25 oz|
|Mash at||151º F|
|Sparge at||170º F|
|Boil time||120 minutes|
|pitching temp||63º F|
|Yeast||a Southern English Ale yeast|