Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Let's Brew Wednesday - 1960 Robert Younger Strong Ale

Robert Younger was one of many breweries which fell to Scottish Brewers around 1960. In this case, in 1961. Followed by immediate closure.

This batch of Strong Ale was brewed 7 months before the brewery stopped for good. They brewed a typical range for a Scottish brewer. Mostly Pale Ales:

Beer Style OG
54/- Pale Ale 1028
60/- Pale Ale 1030
70/- Pale Ale 1035
80/- Pale Ale 1043
SS BA Stout 1030

Most of the recipe us as you’d expect: base malt, maize and sugar. There’s a weird one thrown in, though: liquorice. I’ve seen it in Stout recipes before, but never a Scotch Ale.

The colour, as usual in Scotland, mostly came from caramel. There’s no coloured malt of any description. The pale malt seems to have all been English. The hops were also all English, from the 1958 and 1959 seasons.

1960 Robert Younger Strong Ale
pale malt 11.00 lb 72.13%
flaked maize 2.75 lb 18.03%
No. 2 invert sugar 1.25 lb 8.20%
malt extract 0.125 lb 0.82%
caramel 2000 SRM 0.125 lb 0.82%
liquorice 0.07 oz
Fuggles 120 min 1.25 oz
Goldings 30 min 1.25 oz
Goldings dry hops 0.50 oz
OG 1070
FG 1018
ABV 6.88
Apparent attenuation 74.29%
IBU 26
SRM 21
Mash at 150º F
Sparge at 170º F
Boil time 120 minutes
pitching temp 61º F
Yeast WLP028 Edinburgh Ale


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



1 comment:

Matt said...

I was looking for something in Graham Greene's 1935 Stockholm-set novel England Made Me yesterday when I spotted this bit again: "They had their beers. 'Weak stuff,' Anthony said, 'you come to England and I'll show you. Could I put down a Younger now? I'd say I could. Or a couple of Stone's special. You don't need more than a couple."