Five years of war have taken their toll on Lees Bitter. Mostly in the form pf a 9-point drop in OG.
There have been some changes to the grist. Most notably in the form of flaked barley. This wasn’t a voluntary change. Brewers were compelled by the government to use flaked barley in the later war years. It replaces a small amount of the pale malt, but almost all of the glucose. The proportion of invert sugar and black malt is much the same as in 1939.
The hops remain all English, but come from two different harvests: 1942 and 1943. Though the bulk – a little over 90% - were from the earlier year. I’ve no idea what variety they were.
The materials – malt, sugar and hops – for this brew cost £170 18s 8d. Which for 118 barrels, works out to a little under £1.50 a barrel. In a pub today, you’d be lucky to get a half pint for that amount.
Lees Bitter remained at this strength for the remainder of the 1940s, before being increased in 1950 to 1041º. Happy days.
|1944 Lees Bitter|
|pale malt||6.75 lb||78.90%|
|black malt||0.01 lb||0.12%|
|flaked barley||1.00 lb||11.69%|
|No. 2 invert sugar||0.67 lb||7.83%|
|Fuggles 105 mins||0.50 oz|
|Fuggles 60 mins||0.50 oz|
|Fuggles 30 mins||0.50 oz|
|Goldings dry hops||0.25 oz|
|Mash at||149º F|
|After underlet||152º F|
|Sparge at||170º F|
|Boil time||105 minutes|
|pitching temp||60º F|
|Yeast||Wyeast 1318 London ale III (Boddingtons)|