K had been around since at least 1868, though the early versions were very different. They had a similar gravity to the 1939 version, but were extremely lightly hopped. I really don’t know what style you’d call it. Then in the 1880s it was transformed into their second-string Pale Ale, with pretty decent hopping. Though, at 10 lbs per quarter of malt (336 lbs), still well short of PA’s 16 lbs. WW I killed off PA and K continued as Tetley’s sole Pale Ale.
With an OG in the high 1040º’s, K would have counted as a standard Bitter between the wars. It probably retailed for 7d per pint, in a public bar.
There’s not much to the recipe: pale malt and sugar. The latter being something called ARC. No idea what that was so I’ve substituted No. 1 invert. The malt was half English, half Californian.
The hops were slightly different from their other beers: all Kent from the 1937 and 1938 harvest, most kept in a cold store.
|1939 Tetley K|
|pale malt||7.50 lb||75.00%|
|No. 1 invert||2.50 lb||25.00%|
|Fuggles 120 mins||0.75 oz|
|Fuggles 90 mins||0.50 oz|
|Goldings 30 mins||0.50 oz|
|Goldings dry hops||0.50 oz|
|Mash at||155º F|
|Sparge at||165º F|
|Boil time||120 minutes|
|pitching temp||62º F|
|Yeast||Wyeast 1469 West Yorkshire Ale|