It’s a good bit weaker, understandably, than their Best Bitter. There used to be a lot of draught Bitters that were around the same strength as Mild. In the West Country, this type of beer was called Boy’s Bitter. Sadly, it’s all but died out.
I find Tennant’s grists pretty odd. There are a lot of ingredients, many only in tiny amounts. I really can’t see the point is some. For example, the lactose. It could hardly have had any impact on the flavour of the finished beer.
The recipe is very similar to the Best Bitter, unsurprisingly. Though Tennant don’t seem to have ever gone in for parti-gyling. All the beers in this brewing book were produced single-gyle. To be honest, the level of hopping in this beer makes it more like a Light mild than a Bitter.
|1956 Tennant's BB|
|pale malt||5.00 lb||70.52%|
|enzymic malt||0.125 lb||1.76%|
|crystal malt 60 L||0.25 lb||3.53%|
|flaked maize||0.50 lb||7.05%|
|No. 2 invert sugar||1.00 lb||14.10%|
|malt extract||0.125 lb||1.76%|
|Fuggles 90 mins||0.50 oz|
|Goldings 90 mins||0.125 oz|
|Fuggles 40 mins||0.33 oz|
|Goldings 20 mins||0.33 oz|
|Goldings dry hops||0.125 oz|
|Mash at||147º F|
|Sparge at||165º F|
|Boil time||90 minutes|
|pitching temp||60º F|
|Yeast||Wyeast 1099 Whitbread ale|