This is so exciting. Because this is a beer I drank quite often, it being one of Younger’s main cask beers. Though it was sold under different names: 70/- in Scotland, Scotch in England. It seems to have been introduced just after WW I, possibly as a reaction to the drop in gravity of their former flagship Pale Ale, XXP. Post-war, XXP became 60/-. So a beer which had originally been an IPA, ended up as Dark Mild. Now there’s a weird transformation. But I digress.
On paper, this looks very similar to the beer I drank in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The gravity, 1037º, is identical. Though I suspect the recipe was rather different by then. I can’t imagine that they continued to use flaked barley. I wonder if they went back to grits when maize became available again?
I know from a 1960 document that XXPS came in three different colours: 5, 6 and 9 SRM. The first was the as-brewed number, which is pretty close to the figure BeerSmith spat out.
Not much else to say, other than that this looks like an archetypal post-war Ordinary Bitter. Maybe the bitterness is a little below average.
|1949 William Younger Pale XXPS|
|pale malt||7.25 lb||85.29%|
|flaked barley||1.25 lb||14.71%|
|Fuggles 90 min||0.50 oz|
|Fuggles 60 min||0.50 oz|
|Fuggles 30 min||0.50 oz|
|Goldings dry hops||0.25 oz|
|Mash at||153º F|
|Sparge at||160º F|
|Boil time||75 minutes|
|pitching temp||62º F|
|Yeast||WLP028 Edinburgh Ale|