Saturday, 26 September 2020

Let's Brew - 1892 Barclay Perkins KK

As the weather has started turning cold, it's time for something suited to the time of year. Like a lovely London Burton.

A couple of trends can be seen in this version of KK. Ones which would continue in the 20th century.

First off there’s the grist, which now contains another malt in addition to the base: crystal malt. Though it was first made in the early 19th century, the use of crystal malt only took off towards its end. Initially, it mostly made an appearance in Mild and Stock Ales. Its use in Pale Ales only became widespread after WW II.

Second is a darkening of the colour. This version is what I would describe as semi-dark. Dark enough to be distinguishable from Pale Ale, but not a deep brown like Dark Mild. That would come later.

The hopping is suitably crazy. As they were all from the recent harvest, I’ve left the rate as in the original. Approximately one third Hallertau and two-thirds East Kent were used.

1892 Barclay Perkins KK
mild malt 10.75 lb 68.25%
crystal malt 60L 0.75 lb 4.76%
flaked rice 2.25 lb 14.29%
No. 2 invert sugar 2.00 lb 12.70%
Hallertau 90 min 3.50 oz
Goldings 60 min 3.50 oz
Goldings 30 min 3.50 oz
Goldings dry hops 1.00 oz
OG 1074
FG 1021
ABV 7.01
Apparent attenuation 71.62%
IBU 115
SRM 13
Mash at 152º F
Sparge at 168º F
Boil time 120 minutes
pitching temp 60º F
Yeast Wyeast 1099 Whitbread Ale


This recipe is in my two new books, Strong! vols. 1 & 2 and Strong! vol.2.

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