Marketed at No. 1 Southwarke Ale, it had been a mighty 1069º before the war. But by 1944 the war had pushed it to below the pre-war strength (1056º) of the draught version of KK. London wouldn’t be seeing draught beers that strong for quite a while.
Surprisingly, the grist is quite different from draught KK. For a start, the base is a 50-50 split between SA and PA malt. And there’s no amber malt or flaked barley. Looking more closely, draught KK has a grist that’s quite similar to their Milds. Which makes sense, as some of Barclay’s London rivals – Courage and Fullers, for example – parti-gyled their Mild and Burton Ales. The presence of PA malt and the lack of adjuncts betray that this was a high-class beer.
On the other hand, the sugar content is much higher here. Almost 20% of the total opposed to around 8% in the draught version.
The hopping is also quite different: all Goldings. Another sign this was a classy beer. The hops in draught KK cost 387/- and 336/- per cwt. While for the bottling version they were 417/-, 424/-, 432/- and 435/- per cwt. Most were from East Kent, but there were also some Worcesters. All were from either the 1943 or 1944 harvest.
|1944 Barclay Perkins KK (bottling)|
|pale malt||4.00 lb||36.78%|
|mild malt||4.00 lb||36.78%|
|crystal malt 60 L||0.75 lb||6.90%|
|No. 3 invert sugar||2.00 lb||18.39%|
|caramel 1000 SRM||0.125 lb||1.15%|
|Goldings 90 mins||1.00 oz|
|Goldings 60 mins||1.00 oz|
|Goldings 30 mins||1.00 oz|
|Goldings dry hops||1.00 oz|
|Mash at||150º F|
|After underlet||154º F|
|Sparge at||165º F|
|Boil time||90 minutes|
|pitching temp||60º F|
|Yeast||Wyeast 1099 Whitbread ale|