Saturday 4 April 2020

Let's Brew - 1936 Barclay Perkins KK

Barclay Perkins’ strongest regular draught beer was KK, their Burton Ale. It remained an important part of their range.

Though this version was brewed on their small kit. Not that it meant it was being brewed on a tiny scale – this batch was 155 barrels. But still much shorter than the brew length of their large kit, which was 800 to 1,000 barrels. My guess is that they brewed on the small kit because it had no parti-gyle partner, unlike the Pale Ales of Milds.

The grist is unlike any of their other beers, containing no fewer than 5 malts. I’ve simplified them a little by combining the mild malt and SA malt together. I’m not sure what the lager is doing there. It’s described as “Kulmbacher” so was presumably German. My only guess is that they realised they had more of it than they needed to brew their Lagers and so used it in other beers.

There were two types of Kent hops, both from the 1935 season and kept in a cold store, and Mid-Kent Goldings from 1934, also kept in a cold store. The dry hops were East Kent from 1935, once again kept in a cold store.

1936 Barclay Perkins KK
pale malt 2.25 lb 18.82%
mild malt 6.25 lb 52.28%
crystal malt 60 L 0.50 lb 4.18%
lager malt 0.33 lb 2.76%
flaked maize 0.75 lb 6.27%
No. 3 invert sugar 1.75 lb 14.64%
caramel 2000 SRM 0.125 lb 1.05%
Fuggles 135 mins 1.00 oz
Fuggles 90 mins 1.00 oz
Goldings 30 mins 1.00 oz
Goldings dry hops 0.33 oz
OG 1057
FG 1017
ABV 5.29
Apparent attenuation 70.18%
IBU 36
SRM 25
Mash at 148º F
after underlet 153º F
Sparge at 170º F
Boil time 135 minutes
pitching temp 59º F
Yeast Wyeast 1099 Whitbread Ale


Edd The Brew said...

Hi Ron ,
I see why you`re fascinated by the B-P records , absolutely rivetting stuff .
I`m fascinated by them ; especially the changes over time !!
Thanks again , and best wishes ,

Unknown said...

Hi Ron,

I brewed this beer last winter using the recipe from 'The Homebrewers Guide To Vintage Beer' - a lovely ale.

Nice to think it could have well been the type of drink enjoyed by my Grandfather in London.

Kind regards,