Wednesday 26 February 2020

Let's Brew Wednesday - 1868 William Younger XS Export Stock Ale

Even in the late 1860s Younger’s Stock Ales were still powerful beasts, capable of taking down the strongest man or woman.

In line with general trends, there are now foreign hops in addition to those from England. The ones given in the recipe as Strisselspalt are from the Alsace, which at the time was part of France. A couple of years later it was annexed by the new German state. The change in ownership doesn’t appear to have troubled British brewers, who continued to buy hops from the region.

The rate of hopping for all Younger’s Stock Ales had fallen quite a bit since the early 1850’s, unlike the gravities, which had remained the same. The hopping rate per quarter of malt, which was 14-18 lbs in 1851, was down to 6-9lbs in 1868.

As with all Stock Ales, you really need to age it with Brettanomyces for at least six months. Longer, if you’re the patient type. The FG looks about correct for the end of primary fermentation. After proper ageing, it should end up at around 1020º.

1868 William Younger XS Export Stock Ale
pale malt 21.50 lb 100.00%
Strisselspalt 90 min 1.25 oz
Goldings 60 min 2.50 oz
Goldings 40 min 2.50 oz
Saaz 20 min 1.75 oz
Goldings dry hops 0.75 oz
OG 1092
FG 1033
ABV 7.81
Apparent attenuation 64.13%
IBU 73
Mash at 154º F
Sparge at 185º F
Boil time 90 minutes
pitching temp 56º F
Yeast WLP028 Edinburgh Ale

The above is an excerpt from my excellent book on Scottish brewing:

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Yann said...

Won't the brett eat through a lot more than FG 1.020 though?

Interesting use of Strisselspalt, can't have made a huge difference, can it, as it is very low in alpha acids and boiled for 90 minutes so losing all aroma as well.


Phil said...

Six months' ageing, with Brett...

Having tasted Harvey's Imperial Stout the other day (ta John!), I'm really curious to know what a beer like this would be like. Is anyone doing anything like this?