Saturday, 21 July 2018

Let's Brew - 1946 Barclay Perkins KK (bottling)

Yet another recipe from my new book. I got the ISBN number this morning. Ideally, I'll have it ready to go by Sunday. 

This is the bottling version of Barclay Perkins Burton. It’s surprisingly different from the draught version of KK, even though the two share a name. It wasn’t branded as Burton, however, being sold under the name of Southwark Olde Ale.

The grist contains no amber malt and the sugar in No. 1 rather than No. 3. Though the brewing record does have “3” crossed out, replaced with a red “1”. Was that a mistake or a recipe change? The other photos I have of this beer aren’t much help. One lists No. 3, the other No. 1.

Another big difference with the draught version is the lack of dry hops. This isn’t unusual. Bottled beers often lacked the draught version’s dry hops. There are more copper hops, however. 8.85 lbs per quarter of malt as opposed to 8.35 lbs. Not a massive difference, but I’m sure it’s no mistake.

It may look modest today, but 1047.5º was a pretty huge OG in 1946.

1946 Barclay Perkins KK (bottling)
pale malt 7.75 lb 74.70%
crystal malt 0.50 lb 4.82%
flaked barley 0.50 lb 4.82%
No. 1 invert sugar 1.50 lb 14.46%
caramel 1000 SRM 0.125 lb 1.20%
Bramling Cross 90 mins 1.00 oz
Fuggles 75 mins 1.00 oz
Fuggles 60 mins 1.00 oz
Goldings 30 mins 1.00 oz
OG 1047.5
FG 1018
ABV 3.90
Apparent attenuation 62.11%
IBU 55
SRM 15
Mash at 152º F
Sparge at 165º F
Boil time 90 minutes
pitching temp 60º F
Yeast Wyeast 1099 Whitbread Ale


Edd Mather said...

Hi Ron ,
Was the increased hops/qtr Lbs rate not due to a Hop Back addition if the gravities of the two versions were similar? ,

Ed said...

Is that caramel colour right? Looks really pale by modern standards as I'd expect brewers caramel to be over 30,000 EBC (15,000 SRM)

Dexter said...

Ahem... Let's Brew Wednesday - 1946 Barclay Perkins KK (bottling)

Ron Pattinson said...


if the caramel was any darker, the colour of the finished beer would be way too dark. I know how much caramel was used and what the final vcolour of the beer was. I worked back from that.

Ron Pattinson said...


no, don't think so.