First came the disastrous Snowden emergency budget in September 1931. It prompted most breweries to cut the gravities of their beers so that could still be sold at the pre-budget price. Barclay Perkins dropped the OG of X to 1037º, but at the same time introduced XX at the old X gravity. WW II then forced the strength of X down further.
As a result of the gravity cuts, X looks very much like a typical post-war Mild at 3% ABV.
Other than the adjuncts employed, the grist isn’t much different from in previous years. The backbone remains: base malt, amber malt and crystal malt. Though the base malts did consist of various combinations of pale, mild and SA malt.
The colour mostly came from No. 3 invert and caramel. Which is pretty typical for Mild Ales.
The hops were Kent Fuggles from the 1941 and 1943 harvests, plus Mid-Kent Fuggles from 1943.
|1944 Barclay Perkins X|
|mild malt||5.00 lb||70.03%|
|crystal malt 60 L||0.33 lb||4.62%|
|amber malt||0.50 lb||7.00%|
|flaked barley||0.50 lb||7.00%|
|No. 3 invert sugar||0.75 lb||10.50%|
|caramel 1000 SRM||0.06 lb||0.84%|
|Fuggles 90 mins||0.25 oz|
|Fuggles 60 mins||0.25 oz|
|Fuggles 30 mins||0.25 oz|
|Mash at||144º F|
|After underlet||150º F|
|Sparge at||165º F|
|Boil time||90 minutes|
|pitching temp||61º F|
|Yeast||Wyeast 1099 Whitbread ale|