Saturday, 2 June 2018

Let's Brew - 1957 Lees Export

I've made my choice. I'm going with a strong Pale Ale from the 1950s.

I’m not sure when Lees first introduced Export, but I doubt it’s much earlier than when this beer was brewed. 29th May, if you’re interested.

What was this beer? A strong draught Bitter? A special bottled Pale Ale? No idea. One thing I’m pretty certain of: it wasn’t really exported. Lees was a small. Locally-oriented concern. They weren’t shipping beer outside the UK. I doubt it got much further than Manchester.

The FG is a total guess as the brewers at Lees couldn’t be arsed to note it down. All I know about the hops is that they were English and there’s no mention of dry hops in the brewing log. Quite a bit of guesswork, then.

As with all Lees beers, it contained a cocktail of sugars. Only three in this case: 0.5 invert, 1 C.W.A., 0.5 HX. I’ve substituted No. 2 invert.

All I know about the hops is that they were English from the 1956 and 1957 crop.

1957 Lees Export
pale malt 7.75 lb 70.45%
crystal malt 80 L 0.50 lb 4.55%
enzymic malt 0.25 lb 2.27%
flaked maize 0.75 lb 6.82%
No. 2 Invert 1.75 lb 15.91%
Fuggles 90 min 1.25 oz
Fuggles 30 min 1.00 oz
Goldings dry hops 0.50 oz
OG 1053
FG 1016
ABV 4.89
Apparent attenuation 69.81%
IBU 26
SRM 11
Mash at 148º F
Sparge at 170º F
Boil time 90 minutes
pitching temp 60º F
Yeast Wyeast 1318 London ale III (Boddingtons)

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