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|
|Mash at||152º F|
|Sparge at||162º F|
|Boil time||150 minutes|
|pitching temp||61.5º F|
|Yeast||Wyeast 1318 London ale III (Boddingtons)|