Sunday, 17 June 2018
The colour of Watneys bottled beers
Toiling on my new book, I needed to dip into the Watney Quality Manual to harvest some recipes. After I - stupidly late - realised that my new book contained recipes that I'd already published in Let's Brew! last year. My own stupid fault.
The Watneys recipes I had via Usher's of Trowbridge, were amongst the problem recipes. How could I publish a book covering 1945-1965 without anything from Watney? The trend-setter of the time.
Luckily I've material so far unused. There's loads of it. Brewing logs photographed, but not processed. Plus other stuff like the Watney Quality Manual.
Boak and Bailey need to be thanked for sending me a pdf. It may not record individual brews, but it gives far more deails than any log. It even lists hop additions and target bitterness levels.
Along with specifying the exact amount of slops you could mix in at racking time. Lovely.
There's also a chart of bottled beer colours. SRM is about a quarter of of these numbers.
WPA = Watney Pale Ale
WBA = Watney Brown Ale
Manns = Manns Brown Ale
CLS = Combe London Stout
Not sure about the others.