Courtesy of Peter Symons, author of the excellent Bronzed Brews, a book on historic Australian beers. He has a collection of brewing records to rival mine. And fortunately hadn’t overlooked Ex PA as I had.
It’s easy to miss stuff. Especially when you rattle through brewing records at the speed I do. I only ever had limited time at the London Metropolitan Archives – 3 or 4 hours at most. I’d have 4 or 5 minutes to photograph each Whitbread brewing book. Often I’d be taking snaps so quickly, that the limiting factor was how quickly my camera reset for the next photo.
It’s not much fun. No that’s not true, it’s no fun at all. I’d usually end a session with an aching back and hands black with filth. I learned early on to always dress in black for archive visits. Otherwise I’d look like I’d just finished a shift down the pit. (My Dad really did go down the pit. Just the once. He liked it so much he joined the navy.)
The beer I’d missed was the Pale Ale Whitbread brewed for the Belgian market. A market so important that they owned two bottling stores in the country. The beer itself is not far off a pre-WW I PA. In 1914, Whitbread PA had an OG of 1061º, just a little higher than EX PA. The second-class Whitbread Pale Ale, 2PA, was weaker than this beer at 1053º.
As a general rule, beers for export markets, particularly Belgium, tended to remain at pre-WW I strengths, even in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Which I suppose is where my assumption, when younger, that export beers were always stronger than domestic versions. That wasn’t true in the 19th century.
Well that’s been a bit rambly. I need to stop now because the Sunday dinner veg are just about done. I’ll leave you with the updated table:
|Whitbread beers in 1960 (and 1962)|
|Beer||Style||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||lbs hops/ qtr||hops lb/brl||Pitch temp||colour|
|Ex PA||Pale Ale||1056.8||1018.4||5.08||67.61%||8.89||2.08||62º||23|
|Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/002.|
|Whitbread brewing record held at the London Metropolitan Archives document number LMA/4453/D/01/127.|
|Whitbread brewing record held at the London Metropolitan Archives document number LMA/4453/D/01/130.|
|Whitbread brewing record held at the London Metropolitan Archives document number LMA/4453/D/09/136.|