Saturday 12 August 2023

Let's Brew - 1943 Drybrough 60/-

1942 was the year that everything stabilised. And not just on the war front. Between then and the end of the war, beer strengths remained basically unchanged.

Doubtless it was no coincidence. When the Allies got on top in the Battle of the Atlantic in 1943, the supply situation improved. The cranking up of UK agricultural production, especially of barley, also helped. As did forcing brewers to use oats. At least, temporarily.

This particular example was brewed single-gyle, which accounts for the small differences in the proportions of the ingredients.

I’d take the FG very much with a pinch of salt. I know from analyses of finished Drybrough beers that the real rate of attenuation was usually 75-80%. I’d guess that the FG when served was around 1008º. 

1943 Drybrough 60/-
pale malt 5.25 lb 73.43%
enzymic malt 0.25 lb 3.50%
chocolate malt 0.05 lb 0.70%
flaked oats 1.00 lb 13.99%
malt extract 0.10 lb 1.40%
No. 2 invert sugar 0.50 lb 6.99%
Fuggles 135 mins 0.50 oz
Fuggles 90 mins 0.33 oz
Goldings 30 mins 0.25 oz 1.08 oz
Goldings dry hops 0.25 oz
OG 1032
FG 1014
ABV 2.38
Apparent attenuation 56.25%
IBU 16
SRM 6.5
Mash at 149º F
Sparge at 165º F
Boil time 135 minutes
pitching temp 60º F
Yeast WLP028 Edinburgh Ale

This is an excerpt from my recently-released BlitzKrieg!, the definitive book on brewing during WW II.

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