Wednesday 15 June 2022

Let's Brew Wednesday - 1902 Boddington TA

This one almost slipped through the cracks. A low-gravity Table Ale. A weaker Mild Ale, really.

I wonder what form Table Ale was sold in? It could have been an exclusively bottled beer. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear in the only Boddington price list I have. It does seem odd calling this a watery Mild, when it’s stronger than most post-WW II versions. But, at a time, when average OG was over 1050º, 1038º was watery. Outside London, there were Mild Ales of a similar strength, especially out in the sticks.

The malt was 10 quarters of English and 2.5 quarters of Californian. A pretty typical mix for the period. By this time, 100% English malt was unusual.

No. 3 invert is just a guess. Pretty sure it’s some sort of invert as it was manufactured by Garton. And No. 3 because it only turns up in Boddington Mild Ales. The Pale Ales have a different type.

A whole of different harvests of hops were used. English from 1898, 1899, 1900 and 1901, Californian from 1900.

1902 Boddington TA
pale malt 7.50 lb 90.91%
No. 3 invert sugar 0.75 lb 9.09%
Cluster 120 mins 0.25 oz
Fuggles 60 mins 0.75 oz
Fuggles 30 mins 0.75 oz
Fuggles dry hops 0.25 oz
OG 1038
FG 1006
ABV 4.23
Apparent attenuation 84.21%
IBU 24
Mash at 155º F
Sparge at 165º F
Boil time 110 minutes
pitching temp 60º F
Yeast Wyeast 1318 London ale III (Boddingtons)

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