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|
|Mash at||152º F|
|Sparge at||165º F|
|Boil time||120 minutes|
|pitching temp||52.5º F|
|Yeast||Wyeast 1099 Whitbread Ale|