Wednesday 11 March 2020

Let's Brew Wednesday - 1948 Drybrough 60/-

Scottish Light, one of the most confusingly-named styles of beer. Because it was often pretty dark.

Drybrough, taken over my Watney, didn’t have the greatest reputation in their later years. When they became a Keg Heavy factory. With the odd drop of Keg Light, just to, er, lighten things up.

Enzymic malt features, as it did in many post-war beers. Though in much larger quantities here. The malt extract, on the other hand, is a typically minute quantity. As so often, there are loads of different sugars: 2 cwt Fison, 3 cwt CMM, 3 cwt Avona. And, as usual, I’ve refined them down to a single type of invert.

The presence of flaked barley is a hangover from the war years. Once restrictions were lifted and imports of maize were available again, brewers switch back to flaked maize.

Unusually, this batch was brewed single-gyle. Mostly 60/- was parti-gyled, either with Burns Ale of 54/- and XXP.

The hops were all English, from the 1946 and 1947 crop.

1948 Drybrough 60/-
pale malt 4.75 lb 70.16%
enzymic malt 0.75 lb 11.08%
black malt 0.05 lb 0.74%
flaked barley 0.67 lb 9.90%
malt extract 0.05 lb 0.74%
No. 2 invert sugar 0.50 lb 7.39%
Fuggles 90 min 0.50 oz
Goldings 30 min 0.50 oz
Goldings dry hops 0.50 oz
OG 1030
FG 1012
ABV 2.38
Apparent attenuation 60.00%
IBU 14
Mash at 145º F
Sparge at 165º F
Boil time 90 minutes
pitching temp 60º F
Yeast WLP028 Edinburgh Ale

The above is an excerpt from my overly detailed look at post-war UK brewing, Austerity!

Which is now also available in Kindle format.

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