What’s interesting about this beer is that it specifically states in the brewing record that it was for Christmas. Which is interesting, given that it was brewed on 7th October – a full seven weeks before Christmas Day.
Another interesting fact about this recipe is that it was the basis for a royal wedding beer that Meantime brewed a few years back. I got a few bottles and very nice it was, too. Powerful and complex without being too fussy. These simple recipes can work really well, especially when they have a good dose of Goldings.
As with Lovibond’s other X Ales, the hops were a combination of American and Kent. Though in this case they all seem to have been new, rather a mix of new and yearlings.
The degree of attenuation is surprisingly high for a beer of such a high gravity. Though the long fermentation – a full 14 days – probably helped.
Like all Lovibond’s X Ales, XXXX was fermented quite cool. It was pitched at 56º F but the temperature only rose one degree during fermentation. Which is quite unlike normal practice. I would have expected the fermentation temperature to peak somewhere around 70º F.
|1864 Lovibond XXXX|
|pale malt||21.75 lb||100.00%|
|Cluster 120 mins||1.75 oz|
|Goldings 90 mins||1.75 oz|
|Goldings 30 mins||1.75 oz|
|Mash at||148º F|
|Sparge at||165º F|
|Boil time||120 minutes|
|pitching temp||55º F|
|Yeast||Wyeast 1099 Whitbread Ale|
This is one of the dozens of recipes in my book Mild! plus. Which is avaiable in both paperback:
and hardback formats: