Wednesday 1 November 2023

Let's Brew Wednesday - 1916 Adnams Tally Ho

Continuing the theme of Adnams recipes from across the years, here's one from WW I.

I’m really intrigued as to what Adnams were doing with Tally Ho. I have a feeling that they were vatting it. Or at least some of it.

Why do I think that? Because sometimes they brewed it twice in a row. With a strong beer such behaviour flags up the possibility that they needed multiple brews to fill a vat. Also the fact that they would blend a quarter or a half barrel of Tally Ho with XX Ale to produce XXXX Ale. It wouldn’t be a problem drawing a half barrel off from a vat. Otherwise, where would you be storing such a small quantity of beer?

The recipe hasn’t changed much since 1914. The grist is still a combination of pale, mils and crystal malt, plus flaked maize. There has been a change in the sugars, with No. 3 invert being dropped.

Another change is in the hops. They’re still a combination of American and Kent hops, but they’re older. While in 1914 all the hops were from the previous year, most of those in this brew were two years old. Oregon hops from 1914 and Kent ones from 1914 and 1915. The dry hops are listed as 1916 Kent, which must be a mistake, as this beer was brewed in March 1916.

There’s also been a reduction in the gravity, down from 1081º to 1074º. 

1916 Adnams Tally Ho
pale malt 7.75 lb 48.14%
mild malt 4.75 lb 29.50%
crystal malt 0.75 lb 4.66%
flaked maize 0.75 lb 4.66%
No. 2 invert sugar 2.00 lb 12.42%
caramel 5000 SRM 0.10 lb 0.62%
Cluster 120 mins 1.75 oz
Fuggles 90 mins 1.75 oz
Fuggles 30 mins 1.75 oz
Fuggles dry hops 2.00 oz
OG 1074
FG 1023
ABV 6.75
Apparent attenuation 68.92%
IBU 70
SRM 18
Mash at 153º F
Sparge at 170º F
Boil time 120 minutes
pitching temp 60º F
Yeast WLP025 Southwold

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ingo said...

Ron, how many Tally Ho recipes do you have? A quick search resulted in 1879, 1913, 1916, 1953. Would be interesting to see them on a time line

Rob Sterowski said...

How were they getting away with brewing Tally Ho at a time when, if I remember rightly, there was a restriction of the average gravity of all their beer?

Ron Pattinson said...


I have: 1879, 1890, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1953, 1967, 1977 and 1982.

Ron Pattinson said...

Rob Sterowski,

the restriction didn't really kick off until April 1917.