Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Let's Brew Wednesday - 1934 Kidd X

Yet another Mild recipe in the run up to May. A fairly puny one this time.

Based in Dartford, Kent, Kidd was quite a small brewery, owning just 65 tied houses. They were bought by Courage in 1937 and closed immediately.

As was often the case with Dark Mild Ales, there’s no malt darker than crystal. Though there is quite a lot of that. The bulk of the colour, however, comes from the caramel. “M” to be specific, which was a proprietary caramel from manufacturer Hay. Whitbread also used it in their Mild.

The interwar period was when brewers started to use malt extract in their beers. The quantities are pretty small so I’m assuming is was to add extra enzymes rather than for flavour. In this case, it was DME – Diastatic Malt Extract.

The hops were all Est Kent Fuggles, half from the 1932 harvest, the remainder from 1933 and 1934.

1934 Kidd X
mild malt 4.25 lb 65.03%
pale malt 0.50 lb 7.65%
crystal malt 120 L 1.00 lb 15.30%
flaked maize 0.50 lb 7.65%
malt extract 0.125 lb 1.91%
raw cane sugar 0.08 lb 1.22%
caramel 2000 SRM 0.08 lb 1.22%
Fuggles 105 mins 0.75 oz
Fuggles 30 mins 0.75 oz
OG 1032
FG 1005
ABV 3.57
Apparent attenuation 84.38%
IBU 19
SRM 23
Mash at 146.5º F
After underlet 152º F
Sparge at 160º F
Boil time 105 minutes
pitching temp 60º F
Yeast Wyeast 1099 Whitbread Ale

This is one of the dozens of recipes in my book Mild! plus. Which is avaiable in both paperback:

and hardback formats:


Anonymous said...

Have you seen any sign that the presence of extract shows up in attenuation % ?

I realize there are a lot of variables in play so it may be hard to sort out signal from noise. I'm curious though if the data shows that recipes with extract have an obviouslyy higher AA than comparable ones without.

Ron Pattinson said...


I can't see any difference. Like enzymic malt, I think it's something that didn't really have any scientific basis.

Russ said...

Hang on... I've been believing that DME was dried Malt Extract not Diastatic Malt Extract. I guess it's just a case of people changing the meanings over time as Dried Extract isn't usually Diastatic. Or is it? Also, is Diastatic Malt powder the same as Diastatic Malt Extract?