Wednesday 22 July 2020

Let's Brew Wednesday - 1886 Hodgson Kingston Ale

I've just about finished adding recipes to Strong!.  Just one or two more to complete and then I'll be done.

Based in Kingston-upon-Thames in the West of London, Hodgson was a relatively small brewery. Acquired by Courage in 1943, it stopped brewing in 1949.

The grist is quite an unusual one. It’s all malt, for a start. By this date I would have expected at least some sugar.  It also doesn’t use pale malt as the base, but high-dried malt. The closest modern equivalent is Simpson’s Imperial. If you can’t get hold of that, use 20 L Munich malt.

There’s also a bit of crystal and a small amount of black malt which provides a lot of the colour. All in all, a grist quite different to any others I’ve seen for this type of beer.

All I know about the hops is that they were English. And there were three different types. No further details were recorded in the log.

1886 Hodgson Kingston Ale
high-dried malt 18.75 lb 96.77%
black malt 0.13 lb 0.65%
crystal malt 60 L 0.50 lb 2.58%
Fuggles 120 mins 2.50 oz
Fuggles 60 mins 2.50 oz
Goldings 30 min 2.50 oz
Goldings dry hops 1.00 oz
OG 1080
FG 1023
ABV 7.54
Apparent attenuation 71.25%
IBU 75
SRM 27
Mash at 152º F
Sparge at 165º F
Boil time 120 minutes
pitching temp 52.5º F
Yeast Wyeast 1099 Whitbread Ale

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