Saturday 23 November 2019

Let's Brew - 1939 Truman B3

At Burton, Truman produced a fairly baffling range of beers. There were, as you would expect, several Pale Ales. But there were also Mild Ales and various numbered Burton Ales. Such as this one.

How and where these beers were sold, I have no idea. There doesn’t seem to have been a great deal of them brewed. As this one has a B prefix, I’m assuming that it was a bottled beer.

The grist is exactly the same as for their Pale Ales: pale and high dried malt, flaked maize and invert sugar. The specific type isn’t mentioned in the brewing record.

It isn’t so strange that the recipe was the same as for Pale Ale, as this was part of a parti-gyle. A rather odd one, which included R4 and P2. What was particularly unusual, is that only B3 was as brewed. P2 brewed at 1036.8 then blended with 175 barrels of B3 to bring it up to its usual OG of 1047.4º. R4 was similarly a mix of B3 and the weak P2, but with rather more of the former.

I don’t know much about the hops, other than that they were English.

1939 Truman B3
pale malt 9.50 lb 74.51%
high dried malt 1.75 lb 13.73%
flaked maize 1.00 lb 7.84%
No. 1 invert sugar 0.50 lb 3.92%
Fuggles 90 mins 1.00 oz
Fuggles 60 mins 0.75 oz
Goldings 30 mins 0.75 oz
Goldings dry hops 0.50 oz
OG 1056
FG 1017.5
ABV 5.09
Apparent attenuation 68.75%
IBU 29
Mash at 151.5º F
Sparge at 160º F
Boil time 90 minutes
pitching temp 59.5º F
Yeast Wyeast 1028 London Ale (Worthington White Shield)

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