Friday 23 August 2019

Let's Brew Wednesday - 1958 William Younger Double Century Ale

I know. It's Friday, not Wednesday. My recent trip to Japan has left me all confused.

Double Century Ale was introduced in 1949 to commemorate 200 years of William Younger. Except, as Martyn Cornell has pointed out, the date is a few decades too early. The 1749 date for the founding of the brewery is wildly optimistic.

I’m not sure what style it’s meant to be. Strong Brown Ale? Old Ale? Scotch Ale? Who really cares?

One odd feature of Double Century is that, despite containing lactose, it has a higher degree of attenuation than most William Younger beers. A bit weird, that. Though they did like lactose, using it in several different styles, not just Milk Stout like most breweries. They were a bit modern in that way.

 The grist isn’t complicated, just pale malt, flaked maize and sugar. Once again, the percentage of adjunct is very high.

1958 William Younger Double Century Ale
pale malt 8.00 lb 61.54%
flaked maize 4.00 lb 30.77%
lactose 0.50 lb 3.85%
cane sugar 0.25 lb 1.92%
caramel 1000 SRM 0.25 lb 1.92%
Fuggles 90 mins 1.00 oz
Fuggles 60 mins 0.50 oz
Goldings 30 mins 0.25 oz
OG 1057
FG 1014
ABV 5.69
Apparent attenuation 75.44%
IBU 21
SRM 19
Mash at 149º F
Sparge at 160º F
Boil time 90 minutes
pitching temp 59º F
Yeast WLP028 Edinburgh Ale

This is one of literally hundreds of recipes in my book on UK brewing in the aftermath of WW II, Austerity!

1 comment:

Barm said...

The gravity suggests it occupied a similar space in the range as draught No 3 or Burton for an English brewery. I spoke to one person who remembered drinking Double Century Ale who was surprised when I told him it was only 5.6% ABV. In its day it was regarded as loopy juice (which of course it was by the standards of the time) – much as beers of a similar strength such as Old Peculier, Fuller’s ESB and Dogbolter gained a fearsome reputation in the 1970s and 80s.