Wednesday 17 May 2023

Let's Brew Wednesday - 1962 Fullers Nourishing Stout

Someone asked the other day: what's Nourishing Stout? Bottled Porter was my reply. And that's exactly how this started. In the brewhouse it continued to be called Porter decades after the draught form had been dropped and it was only available in bottles as Nourishing Stout.

And here we are at the end of Nourishing Stout. It probably wasn’t dropped in 1962. But it’s the last brewing book I photographed which includes it. Sometime in the early or mid-sixties.

This iteration isn’t wildly different from that of 1959. I’m only really including it for reasons of completeness. All the same elements are there, just in slightly varying percentages. Less black malt, flaked maize and sugar; more pale and crystal malt. But nothing radically different.

The sugar was a mix of Special Dark and PEX. For which I’ve substituted No. 3 invert sugar.

There’s the same, cooler mash as in 1959.

Action barrels strike heat initial heat mashed (mins) stood (mins) tap heat
mash 17 151º F 138º F 0 30 133º F
underlet 2 170º F 149º F   120 145º F
sacc. liquor 41          
sparge 105 170º F        

Not many details were provided about the hops. All I know is that they were English-grown Fuggles. 

1962 Fullers Nourishing Stout
pale malt 3.25 lb 52.93%
black malt 0.50 lb 8.14%
crystal malt 60 L 0.50 lb 8.14%
flaked maize 0.25 lb 4.07%
No. 3 invert sugar 1.25 lb 20.36%
caramel 500 SRM 0.39 lb 6.35%
Fuggles 105 min 0.75 oz
Goldings 30 min 0.75 oz
OG 1031
FG 1010
ABV 2.78
Apparent attenuation 67.74%
IBU 20
SRM 31
Mash at 146º F
Sparge at 170º F
Boil time 105 minutes
pitching temp 62.5º F
Yeast Wyeast 1968 London ESB


InSearchOfKnowledge said...

I suppose people considered stout nourishing and healthy probably earlier. In the Dickens sketch "The boarding house", one of the tenants asks

‘And I can have one of the cellars in the area for my bottled porter.’

This particular story is from 1834.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Ron it was I Oscar who asked you what Nourishing stout was. Seems to be have been just plain porter. The Fullers example at 20 IBU and 2.78 percent abv is a shadow of its former self only just being just a bit stronger than Guinness mid strength.