Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Let's Brew Wednesday - 1939 Boddington IP

A very special recipe this time. One I created for a particular purpose: to honour my eldest brother Eddie, who died recently.

The idea was simple. Find a beer brewed on the day of his birth and get Henry to brew it. Just one small problem. Turns out Eddie was born on a Saturday, when many breweries didn't brew. The best I could manage was one from the day before his birth.

Eddie's funeral was last Friday and we brewed the beer the following day in Collingham, the village outside Newark where Henry has his Cat Asylum brewery. Dann and Martha - the artists formerly known as Pretty Things - were there to help.

It all went pretty well. The wort tasted great and had the straw colour typical of Boddington's Bitter, which is what it is. I got to throw the yeast in, which was, at least, a change from adding the hops.

Eddie was fond of a drink, like all the Pattinsons. I think he'd like the idea of a beer to commemorate of his life. We'll be giving some of the beer to his childrean and grandkids.

Best beer-related story about Eddie. When he was a military policeman, he used a Guinness label as a road tax disc. 

Rest in peace, brother.


1939 Boddington IP
pale malt 6.75 lb 68.67%
flaked wheat 0.33 lb 3.36%
flaked maize 2.00 lb 20.35%
No. 2 invert sugar 0.75 lb 7.63%
Cluster 150 mins 1.00 oz
Fuggles 90 mins 1.00 oz
Goldings 30 mins 1.00 oz
Goldings dry hops 0.25 oz
Cluster dry hops 0.125 oz
OG 1045
FG 1010.5
ABV 4.56
Apparent attenuation 76.67%
IBU 48
SRM 6
Mash at 152º F
Sparge at 162º F
Boil time 150 minutes
pitching temp 61.5º F
Yeast Wyeast 1318 London ale III (Boddingtons)

10 comments:

Raoul Duke said...

Ron - so sorry to hear about your brother!!
What a great way to honour a loved one!!!

Lee said...

I reckon you deserve an extra pint or three for the beautiful gesture, Ron.
Sorry for your loss.

Dan Klingman said...

Great story about the Guinness label. My condolences.

Mike McGuigan said...

Sorry to hear your sad news.
Such a good way to celebrate his life though.
(Love the Guinness tax disc😊)

Foggy Noggin said...

Ron, sorry to hear about your brother. What a great eulogy to honor Eddie. Cheers!

Professor Pie-Tin said...

Understated as ever Ron.
And very old-fashioned British.
These days someone only has to have their cat die and they rush off to get a tattoo in their name,lay their emotions bare on Snapcrap or Twatter and set up a shrine urging neighbours to lay wreaths bearing the legend " miss you,moggie,u wuz the best."
Condolences.

Anonymous said...

Aw hell, so sorry to hear the news.Great piece you wrote there, as always.

Mike in NSW said...

Sorry to hear about your brother, Ron. But thanks for the recipe, I've been brewing Boddie's 1950s recipes supplied by Edd M on this blog for a while now, they have been gaining a following with home brewers here in Aus as well via a popular forum.

I'll be giving this a go, have heaps of cluster in stock (used a lot in trad Aus brews) and will raise a few glasses to you and your family in due course.

PS, and with respect, I find a better attenuating yeast for Bodds to be WLP 007 Dry English to get that "chewing on a pencil" dryness in a Bodds recreation, as I remember it in the 1970s when I used to pop over the Pennines to bother my cousin in Manchester.

Chris said...

Sorry for your loss Ron, hope that it’s a great beer.

guindilla said...

Sorry for your loss. Never easy to lose someone close.

Best.