I’m certain about what this beer was sold as – Light Dinner Ale – but that doesn’t remove all the question marks about it. True, the name implies that it was a Light Ale, that is a light, bottled Pale Ale. But it’s unwise to make too many assumptions.
Between the wars Whitbread brewed a beer called LA – Light Ale. But light wasn’t being used to refer to the colour, but to the strength. In reality, it was a low-gravity Dark Mild. It’s just as well to be aware that light was used with different meanings in beer descriptions.
Shepherd Neame brewed several beers at 1027º - effectively the minimum gravity a beer could be brewed at – during the war years. The high degree of attenuation makes this almost intoxicating. Though with the minimal level of hopping it must have been a pretty watery and insipid drink.
|1942 Shepherd Neame LDA|
|pale malt||5.25 lb||85.37%|
|No. 3 invert sugar||0.50 lb||8.13%|
|malt extract||0.40 lb||6.50%|
|Fuggles 85 mins||0.25 oz|
|Goldings 60 mins||0.25 oz|
|Goldings 30 mins||0.25 oz|
|Mash at||152º F|
|Sparge at||170º F|
|Boil time||85 minutes|
|pitching temp||64º F|
|Yeast||a Southern English Ale yeast|