But when I looked more closely at the hopping rate, I realised that it was really a strong Mild. At least that’s what I think at the moment. I might change my mind.
The big difference with the other Mild Ale, X, is the type of sugar. X has No. 3 invert and Budgett, SXXX has No. 1 invert alone. The percentage of sugar in the grist is far lower than in X. Probably an indication that this was a fancier beer. Unlike X, there’s no crystal malt. That, combined with the use of No. 1 rather than No. 3 invert makes this a paler beer than X.
The hops are listed as Farnham and Kent, which, as usual, I’ve interpreted as Goldings and Fuggles, respectively. They were all from the 1916 crop so I haven’t reduced the quantity. That all the hops were fresh is another indication that this was a posh beer.
|1917 Kidd SXXX|
|pale malt||9.00 lb||82.76%|
|No. 1 invert sugar||1.50 lb||13.79%|
|cane sugar||0.25 lb||2.30%|
|malt extract||0.125 lb||1.15%|
|Fuggles 150 mins||2.25 oz|
|Goldings 30 mins||2.25 oz|
|Goldings dry hops||0.75 oz|
|Mash at||153º F|
|Sparge at||165º F|
|Boil time||150 minutes|
|pitching temp||59º F|
|Yeast||Wyeast 1099 Whitbread Ale|