If only because this makes this week that little bit easier. I already have the recipe lying around and all I need to do is wrap a little bollocks around it and I’m done. No real work or effort required. Which is just how I like things.
I though a quick comparison with some similar-strength English Pale Ales might be instructive. So I had a quick look in my mega table of analyses. And could find bugger all. I’ve only got 7 English Pale Ales that have a gravity even vaguely similar. And two of them are the same beer. It was hard to find anything English under 1040º. Though I did find some other Scottish Pales Ales around 1030º. Obviously a Scottish thing.
All but one of the English beers is in bottled format. They look to me as if they were probably sold as Light Ale or Light Dinner Ale. To makes things even more confusing, the Whitbread beer is their IPA.
XXP 6 isn’t even Lorimer & Clarke’s weakest Pale Ale. There’s also XXP 5, weighing in at a mighty 1027º.
|Low-gravity English Pale Ales in 1932|
|Ind Coope||Pale Ale||12d||draught||1035.3|
|John Smith||Dinner Ale||bottled||1036||1010.8||3.26||70.00%|
|Northampton Brewery||Pale Ale||11d||bottled||1032||1007.2||3.22||77.50%|
|Taylor Walker||Pale Ale||8d||bottled||1031||1007.8||3.01||74.84%|
|Taylor Walker||Pale Ale||8d||bottled||1032||1007.4||3.19||76.88%|
|Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001.|
|Thomas Usher Gravity Book document TU/6/11|
As for the recipe, note the high proportion of dry hops. All their Pale Ales got the same dose of dry hops, no matter what the strength of the beer. In such a light beer, I guess they were going to be pretty noticeable.
Everything else is just like the XXP 7 and 8. Just in slightly smaller amounts.
|1932 Lorimer & Clark XXP 5|
|pale malt||4.50 lb||78.26%|
|flaked barley||0.75 lb||13.04%|
|malt extract||0.25 lb||4.35%|
|No. 2 invert sugar||0.25 lb||4.35%|
|Fuggles 90 min||0.50 oz|
|Fuggles 60 min||0.50 oz|
|Goldings 30 min||0.25 oz|
|Goldings dry hops||0.50 oz|
|Mash at||154º F|
|Sparge at||160º F|
|Boil time||90 minutes|
|pitching temp||62.5º F|
|Yeast||WLP028 Edinburgh Ale|