They may have been working their way to returning their draught Pale Ales to being all-malt. The AK in the table is from a little later than the others – July rather than January – and it contains no sugar. Neither did the BA and BB it was parti-gyled with.
Though it did still contain flaked barley. My guess is that they were forced to use it by the government. While using sugar was probably at their own discretion. All the other beers include it, too. Other than the Stout which goes for oats instead.
With the exception of the Stout, which has black malt, no other malt than pale was employed. There isn’t even crystal malt in the Mild, which is what you might have expected. It wasn’t that uncommon, however, for breweries to use a very limited palette of malts. Especially ones which didn’t brew much in the way of Stout.
|Shepherd Neame malts in 1947|
|Beer||Style||OG||pale malt||black malt||flaked barley||malted oats|
|1947 Shepherd Neame brewing book, held at the brewery.|