The gravities are mostly on the low side, with only two examples over 1035º, and averaging a tad below 1032º. Surprisingly, there are a couple below the magic 1027º. It made little sense to brew a beer weaker than that, because you had to pay tax as if were 1027º. That was the minimum rate of tax.
With middling attenuation – there are a couple of beers with over 80%, but also four below 70%. Which means that the average ABV only just pokes its head above 3%.
There are some pretty watery beers, especially from Simonds. Most examples are well below 3% ABV. It’s odd because Simonds Berry Brown Ale was a reasonably big brand.
As in London, the colours are mostly pretty dark. Though the Portsmouth United and Wethered beers fall into the semi-dark region. In general, these Southern Brown Ales look quite similar to those from London. Which isn’t so surprising as there breweries were mostly not that far from the capital.
|Southern Brown Ale after WW II|
|Year||Brewer||Beer||Price per pint (d)||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||colour|
|1951||Benskin||Nut Brown Ale||16||1032.9||1008.1||3.22||75.38%||83|
|1952||Cobb & Co||Brown Ale||18||1034.3||1007.5||3.48||78.13%||80|
|1950||Ind Coope||Nut Brown Ale||18||1032.3||1008.6||3.07||73.37%||75|
|1951||Ind Coope||Nut Brown Ale||19||1031.9||1008.3||3.06||73.98%||110|
|1952||Ind Coope||Nut Brown Ale||19||1030.9||1011.7||2.48||62.14%||83|
|1952||McMullen||Nut Brown Ale||18||1035.5||1012.6||2.96||64.51%||110|
|1948||Portsmouth United||Brown Ale||17||1038.2||1005.4||4.27||85.86%||55|
|1952||Simonds||Berry Brown Ale||19||1032||1005.5||3.44||82.81%||60|
|1948||Tamplin||No. 1 Brown Ale||19||1033.6||1008.5||3.25||74.70%||87|
|1947||Wethered||Golden Brown Ale||12||1025.6||1004||2.81||84.37%||48|
|Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/002.|