Saturday 24 September 2022

Let's Brew - 1885 William Younger 160/-

And here we are, at the end of the Shilling Ales. It’s been a long journey, but hopefully an enjoyable one.

Top of the Shilling Ale tree was 160/-, at an impressive 1115º. Not that they brewed huge amounts of it. 40 barrels a couple of times a year. Though, they did brew two other beers over 1100º: 140/- and No. 1.  And another, No. 2, over 1090º: That’s quite a lot of very strong beers for one brewery

There’s not going to be much to say about the recipe. Well, not much that is new. As this was parti-gyled with the 140/- we’ve just seen.

The hops were the same combination of Kent, Californian, Bohemian and American.

Given that it was all racked into half hogsheads or quarter hogsheads, it looks like this was an exclusively bottled beer. And one which wasn’t aged.

1885 William Younger 160/-
pale malt 22.00 lb 88.89%
brown sugar 2.75 lb 11.11%
Cluster 150 min 5.50 oz
Fuggles 60 min 3.00 oz
Saaz 30 min 3.00 oz
OG 1115
FG 1050
ABV 8.60
Apparent attenuation 56.52%
IBU 122
SRM 15
Mash at 152º F
Sparge at 163º F
Boil time 150 minutes
pitching temp 56º F
Yeast WLP028 Edinburgh Ale



Étienne said...

How do you get 56% attenuation out of WLP028 Edinburgh Ale? It's rated at 70-75%

Ron Pattinson said...


well, that's a beer with a massive OG, mostly from malt. That's not going to ferment as far as a 1050 beer. And that's not the real FG, s it's a racking gravity. The real FG would have been lower, but I don't like to guess these things.

ts said...

When you say some of the beer wasn't aged, should I assume it was held on by the bottler to age? Getting the product out of their hands and opening up precious space for the next beer.

Ron Pattinson said...


I didn't say that. I don't think any of it was aged, because Shillng Als were effectively Mild Ales.