Strongest of Younger’s Milds was XXX. It wasn’t, however, anything like as high in gravity as the top-grade London Milds, which were over 1040º when the war kicked off. Younger’s XXX was the equivalent of a 5d per pint London Mild, which was effectively Ordinary Mild.
Being a bit stronger than their other Milds, there was more scope for reductions in gravity with XXX. Even so, a drop of just 4º between 1939 and 1944 isn’t bad going at all.
As with the weaker Milds, the hopping rate is feeble. Which I guess which is what drinkers must have expected from Younger’s Milds. Dry hopping was also dropped after a couple of years of war. Which, given the lack of copper hops, might have had quite a big impact on the flavour of the beer.
|William Younger XXX Ale 1939 - 1944|
|Date||Year||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||lbs hops/ qtr||hops lb/brl||dry hops (oz / barrel)|
|William Younger brewing records held at the Scottish Brewing Archive, document numbers WY/6/1/2/76, WY/6/1/2/77, WY/6/1/2/78 , WY/6/1/2/79 and WY/6/1/2/81.|