Friday 3 July 2020

Truman Porter and Stout output 1855 - 1856

It's amazing all the stuff I still stumble across in my archive photos. Like a handy summary in the start of a Truman brewing record. Listing how much of each type of Porter and Stout they brewed in the 1855-1856 season.

It fascinates me for several reasons.

The first is to do with ageing Porter. Especially the balance between unaged (Runner) and aged (Keeper). Almost six times as much Runner was brewed as Keeper. While the classic blend was two parts young to one part aged.

What does this mean? Either they were using far less aged beer in the blend. Or a considerable percentage was being sold as straight young Porter. I'd be included to go for the latter explanation. Though it could have been a combination of the two.

It's no surprise that far more Porter was breed than Stout.Nor that the running versions of both were the most popular. The special versions of Porter - Crimea, Bottling and Export - were brewed in pretty small quantities. As were the stronger Stouts. Mind you, between them the three Stouts over 1080º still amounted to over 12,000 barrels.

There must have been a fair few drinkers getting stuck into draught Stout down the pub, given about a quarter as much Running Stout as Running Porter was brewed. Remember, at this time Porter was by far the most popular drink in London.

The Crimea Porter was destined for the government there, but for British troops fighting the Russians. They were give Porter to stop them killing themselves with rum and other spirits.

Truman Porter and Stout output 1855 - 1856
Beer OG barrels brewed % of total
Runner 1056.5 200,519 61.76%
Govt. of Crimea 1059.3 5,303 1.63%
Keeper 1051.2 36,293 11.18%
Bottling Porter 1057.1 7,413 2.28%
Export Porter 1057.1 4,190 1.29%
Running Stout 1072.3 46,648 14.37%
Keeping Stout 1073.1 9,983 3.07%
Bottling Stout 1069.8 850 0.26%
Export Stout X 1070.9 900 0.28%
Export Stout XX 1085.9 5,781 1.78%
Double Stout 1082.5 6,774 1.78%
Imperial Stout 1087.8
Total 324,654
Truman brewing record held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number B/THB/C/057.

1 comment:

Martyn Cornell said...

Apparently when the Crimean War ended, some Russian officers invited some British officers over for dinner, and the British were amazed to be served A Le Coq export stout