The OG is right where I would expect a pre-war AK to be: somewhere in the mid-1040ºs. I keep finding new AK’s from this period. But the war was not kind to them. As they were often a brewery’s weakest Pale Ale, they disappeared as strengths fell and what had been posher beers took their gravity slot.
The recipe, which consists of just pale malt and No. 3 invert sugar, is almost Whitbread-like in its simplicity. Though it is odd to see No. 3 in a Bitter. The colour is a little on the dark side, but not crazily so. I’ve other brews which use No. 2 instead of No. 3. It all depends on what AK was being parti-gyled with. This one was brewed with L, others with B. It’s the L parti-gyles that have the No. 3.
The hops are English from 1912 and 1913 plus Oregon from 1913. Given the age of some of the hops, I’ve reduced the quantity.
|1914 Crowley AK|
|pale malt||10.00 lb||93.02%|
|No. 3 invert sugar||0.75 lb||6.98%|
|Cluster 120 mins||0.75 oz|
|Fuggles 90 mins||0.50 oz|
|Goldings 30 mins||0.50 oz|
|Goldings dry hops||0.25 oz|
|Mash at||148º F|
|Sparge at||160º F|
|Boil time||120 minutes|
|pitching temp||60º F|
|Yeast||Wyeast 1275 Thames Valley ale|