Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Let's Brew Wednesday - 1956 Shepherd Neame DB

You might have noticed that I’ve never published many Brown Ale recipes. There’s a good reason for that.

No, it isn’t that I hate the style. It’s much simpler than that: Brown Ales rarely show up in brewing records. Barclay Perkins DB and Whitbread DB are exceptions. Because they were both brewed single-gyle to unique recipes. The conclusion I’ve come to is that most breweries just tweaked their Mild for bottling. So they don’t show up in the records.

When I do find a Brown Ale in the logs, I’m always keen to publish the recipe. Even when, as in this case, it’s a complicated parti-gyle. Though it isn’t that obvious from the recipe, this was parti-gyled with Abbey Ale. The reason the recipes are so different, is that Abbey Ale was mostly put together from the first wort, while the No. 3 sugar went into the second.

The colour of the finished beer might well have been darker than indicated below. Colour corrections with caramel were common in British brewing.

I was going to say that this was one of the few recipes that fits the BJCP style parameters hard-coded in BeerSmith. Then I noticed that it was outside the gravity range, which starts at 1033º. That’s so wrong. Loads and loads of Brown Ales were weaker than that. It should really start at 1027º.

Overall, this looks like a typical 1950’s Brown Ale: weak, sweet and with lots of sugar in it.

1956 Shepherd Neame DB
pale malt 3.00 lb 56.60%
wheat malt 0.25 lb 4.72%
no. 3 sugar 2.00 lb 37.74%
malt extract 0.05 lb 0.94%
Fuggles 105 mins 0.50 oz
Goldings 60 mins 0.25 oz
Goldings 30 mins 0.25 oz
OG 1029.4
FG 1010.5
ABV 2.50
Apparent attenuation 64.29%
IBU 15
SRM 12
Mash at 153º F
Sparge at 170º F
Boil time 105 minutes
pitching temp 61.25º F
Yeast a Southern English Ale yeast


Mike Austin said...


I use Graham Wheeler's Beer Engine. It doesn't try to tell me what to make!

Bosh said...

Damn that's a lot of sugar. I guess that's why early homebrewers stuck with kit and kilo recipes for so long.