Wednesday 20 July 2022

Let's Brew Wednesday - 1885 William Younger 50/-

Hold on tight. It’s going to be a long climb. Next on the strength ladder is 50/- (50 shilling). A little bit stronger than Table, but not much.

To me, it looks pricey for its strength 50/- a hogshead is 33.33 shillings per barrel. For that, you’d have got a beer of at least 1040º in England. Other than perhaps Harvest Beer, you really didn’t get anything under 1040º south of the border.

This was a parti-gyle with the Table above. No need for further comments on the recipe.

One handy feature of Younger’s brewing records is that they list which casks a beer was racked into. In this case hogsheads, half hogsheads and quarter hogsheads. Which tells me that it was destined to bottlers.

Interestingly, the Table in the same parti-gyle also went into barrels and half barrels. Implying that it was party for bottling and draught as well.

1885 William Younger 50/-
pale malt 8.00 lb 100.00%
Cluster 120 min 0.75 oz
Spalt 60 min 0.50 oz
Fuggles 30 min 0.50 oz
Goldings dry hops 0.50 oz
OG 1035
FG 1010
ABV 3.31
Apparent attenuation 71.43%
IBU 29
SRM 3.5
Mash at 156º F
Sparge at 163º F
Boil time 120 minutes
pitching temp 61.5º F
Yeast WLP028 Edinburgh Ale

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