Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Let's Brew Wednesday - 1955 Barclay Perkins Export

With the weather unusually hot here in Europe, it seems like a good time for a nice fizzy Lager recipe.

One of the initial set of Lagers brewed by Barclay Perkins was Export, a pale and reasonably strong beer.

The original version had an OG of 1050º, not that much higher than 30 years later. Export had fared better in the war than most beers. I suppose that’s because it was a fancy pants Lager that drinkers expected to pay a premium price for.

Initially, all Barclay’s Lagers were only available in bottles. But by WW II some, including Export, were available on draught, packaged in 11 and 5.5 gallon casks. They were obviously continental casks as that’s 50 and 25 litres in metric.

The recipe is incredibly simple: just pilsener malt and grits. Along with Saaz and East Kent Goldings as hops.

There was also a cereal mash for the grits in addition to the main mash.

mash in 122º F stand 20 minutes
raise to 154º F stand 20 minutes
boil 212º F for 5 minutes

Main mash:

mash in 122º F
raise to 154º F stand 30 minutes
hold at 168º F stand 35 minutes
Sparge at 165º F

1955 Barclay Perkins Export
pilsner malt 7.25 lb 70.73%
grits 3.00 lb 29.27%
Goldings 120 mins 0.75 oz
Saaz 30 mins 0.75 oz
OG 1046
FG 1007
ABV 5.16
Apparent attenuation 84.78%
IBU 18
Mash at 154º F
Sparge at 165º F
Boil time 120 minutes
pitching temp 47º F
Yeast Wyeast 2042 Danish lager

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