I’ve been a stupid twat. Only just twigging that I can easily combine my beery UK trips with archive visits. Which is where today’s recipe originates. At the Manchester Central Library.
I almost left it too late. Officially you need to book offsite records – which the Boddies brewing records are – two weeks in advance. I was so dozy that I only asked 10 days in advance. Luckily, that was OK.
Right. You’ll need to bear with me. I have to quickly finish off my Abt. Got a blood test at the quack tomorrow for which I need to be “nuchter”, as they say in Dutch. Literally it means sober. In this case, it means without food or drink for 12 hours.
Finally, we’ve arrived at the beer in question. Boddington’s entry-level Stout from 1901.
The recipe mixed my head up a treat, I can tell you. No dark malt at all in the log. Until I got two pages further. Where a note in the margin it details the quantities of black malt added to several beers. Not mentioned in the main part of the log, because it was added in the kettle, not the mash tun.
The sugars are a total guess. I just know there were two types. The recipe just barely gets to a Stout colour with my random jabs of No. 3 and No. 4 invert. Later logs show caramel. So that may well have been added to this beer as well.
In London this would never have counted as a Stout. Standard Porter had a higher OG. But I think this is just a case of a Porter being rebranded as Stout for commercial reasons. Boddington has a stronger version called Double Stout that was closer to the real Stout deal.
Maybe I’ll pester you with that Double Stout soon. Unless some shiny thing distracts me.
|1901 Boddington S|
|pale malt||9.25 lb||85.33%|
|black malt||0.25 lb||2.31%|
|No. 3 Invert||0.67 lb||6.18%|
|No. 4 Invert||0.67 lb||6.18%|
|Cluster 135 mins||0.50 oz|
|Fuggles 90 mins||1.00 oz|
|Fuggles 60 mins||0.50 oz|
|Fuggles 30 mins||0.50 oz|
|Mash at||156º F|
|Sparge at||165º F|
|Boil time||135 minutes|
|pitching temp||60º F|
|Yeast||Wyeast 1318 London ale III (Boddingtons)|