Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Let's Brew Wednesday - 1897 Hancock BA

I’m on much steadier ground with this beer when it comes to style. I’m certain that this is a Pale Ale. With the name presumably being “Bitter Ale”.

As with XXB, the malt was all from foreign barley. Again, Chilean and Ouchak. Which does strike me as strange. But there must have been some reason as it’s the same for all Hancock’s Pale Ales.

This time the sugar is what you would expect: No. 1 invert. And slightly more of it than in XXB, being 18% compared to 15%. Unsurprisingly, the resulting colour us paler, despite the gravity being higher.

This time there are two types of hops. Though both are East Kent from the 1896 season. And there a quite a few more of them than in XXB: 9.33 lbs per quarter (336 lbs) of malt compared to 6.3 lbs. Rather surprisingly, BA wasn't dry hopped.

1897 Hancock BA
pale malt 8.75 lb 81.40%
No. 1 invert sugar 2.00 lb 18.60%
Goldings 120 mins 2.25 oz
Goldings 30 mins 2.25 oz
OG 1053
FG 1012
ABV 5.42
Apparent attenuation 77.36%
IBU 57
Mash at 155º F
Sparge at 175º F
Boil time 120 minutes
pitching temp 58º F
Yeast White Labs WLP099 Super High Gravity



1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Ron,

I notice you've been recommending WLP099 for several brews lately. I'd be interesting in using it. Only time I ever had it was in a thomas hardy's.

When I search online for details on this yeast the results inevitably come back about its ability to reach high levels of alcohol etc.

Do you have any thoughts on its taste or aroma?