Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Let's Brew Wednesday - 1940 William Younger XXP Btlg

A little thing like a global conflict didn’t deter Younger from continuing to brew a baffling array of Pale Ales. One being the bottling version of XXP.

The OG is down 2º from the previous year. And the cuts in strength weren’t going to stop these. At this point it’s looking very much like. I’ve dropped the FG by 3º from the one listed in the brewing record, as it’s a cleansing rather than a racking gravity.

In the grist, the big change is the addition of flaked rice. The result of which is a reduction in the proportion of pale malt. I’m slightly surprised that they still had any stocks of grits left, as imports of maize had been cut off for a year. Younger was a bit unusual when it came to adjuncts, as you’ll see when we get to 1942. The year they used a ridiculous selection of different ones.

As usual, the hops were all from Kent, about a quarter from the 1939 harvest and the rest from 1938.

Don’t pat too much attention to the colour. The one listed is as brewed. In the glass, it would probably have been darker, given Scottish brewers’ enthusiasm for colouring up beer with caramel.

1940 William Younger XXP Btlg
pale malt 5.50 lb 62.86%
flaked rice 1.75 lb 20.00%
grits 1.50 lb 17.14%
Fuggles 105 min 0.75 oz
Fuggles 30 min 0.50 oz
Goldings dry hops 0.125 oz
OG 1038
FG 1011
ABV 3.57
Apparent attenuation 71.05%
IBU 16
Mash at 152º F
Sparge at 160º F
Boil time 105 minutes
pitching temp 61º F
Yeast WLP028 Edinburgh Ale



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