Saturday, 12 January 2019

Let's Brew - 1939 Fullers BO

When I published details of 1939 London Burton Ales a few days ago, someone asked if I was going to publish a recipe. Well, here's one.

The rather unfortunate name of “BO” stands for Burton Old. Not sure why it wasn't OB (Old Burton), which would make more sense. Especially as the stronger version was called OBE - Old Burton Extra.

An indication of BO’s popularity is the size of batches that it was brewed in – usually 100-150 barrels. Which isn’t much different to that of XK, Fullers Ordinary Bitter. Though XK was brewed more frequently than BO. A fairly mainstream beer, then.

Being parti-gyled with X Ale, the recipe is obviously the same. Just pale malt, flaked maize, glucose and a type of sugar called “Intense”. The hops were, again, all English from the 1938 season. Two different types, which is why I’ve plumped for two hop additions.

Note the total absence of coloured malt, despite this being a dark beer. Surprisingly little coloured malt was used before WW II. The one exception bveing Porter and Stout. Even in Mild Ales, crystal malt was far from universal.

1939 Fullers BO
pale malt 10.25 lb 82.30%
flaked maize 1.75 lb 14.05%
glucose 0.33 lb 2.65%
caramel 1000 SRM 0.125 lb 1.00%
Fuggles 90 mins 1.75 oz
Fuggles 30 mins 1.75 oz
Goldings dry hops 0.50 oz
OG 1055.5
FG 1014
ABV 5.49
Apparent attenuation 74.77%
IBU 42
SRM 13
Mash at 149º F
After underlet 152º F
Sparge at 168º F
Boil time 90 minutes
pitching temp 60º F
Yeast WLP002 English Ale


Mike in NSW said...

Thanks Ron, just in time. Tomorrow (Sunday) I was all set anyway to do a London ESB and bought some flaked maize, and have some glucose in my adjuncts bin plus Lallemand London ESB yeast slurry in the fridge.


Mike in NSW said...

Just did a search; Fullers have re-brewed the 1933 BO in their past masters series.

45 Quid a bottle. Might just have to brew my own!!

Strike liquor nearly heated, gotta go.

Ron Pattinson said...

Mike in NSW,

I thought they brewed OBE, not BO.

Mike in NSW said...

Aha, yes it's OBE.