At this point, Whitbread X Ale had lost 10 gravity points since the outbreak of war. But things were going to get much worse over the next two years. X Ale itself was dropped in July 1914, just a couple of weeks after this example was brewed. It was replaced by Government Ale, a much more watery beer.
Other than the fall in gravity, not much had changed since 1916. The grist is still a very simple combination of pale malt and sugar. Though there were four different types of pale malt, including some made from American barley.
The hops were all English, Mid-Kent from 1916 and East Kent from 1915 and 1916.
Whitbread never brewed a Mild Ale as strong as this again.
|1917 Whitbread X|
|pale malt||8.25 lb||89.19%|
|No. 3 invert sugar||1.00 lb||10.81%|
|Goldings 105 mins||1.00 oz|
|Fuggles 60 mins||0.75 oz|
|Goldings 30 mins||0.50 oz|
|Mash at||148º F|
|Sparge at||168º F|
|Boil time||105 minutes|
|pitching temp||61º F|
|Yeast||Wyeast 1099 Whitbread Ale|
This is one of the dozens of recipes in my book Mild! plus. Which is available in both paperback:
and hardback formats: