Rather than miss out on the fun, the set about brewing a Lager of their own. With wildly differing degrees of authenticity. Most breweries just didn’t have the equipment to do the job properly. They could neither decoct nor lager properly. What they ended up doing was brewing a Golden Ale that was filtered and artificially carbonated.
Because some vital details are missing, it’s impossible for me to tell how authentic Lees Lager was. For example, the pitching temperature isn’t listed, nor is it clear exactly what yeast was being used. In the recipe below, I’ve given them the benefit of the doubt and gone for a cool fermentation with a genuine Lager yeast. There’s a good chance it was really fermented warm with their standard yeast.
At least they did use proper lager malt, I know that for sure. Along with flaked rice and some enzymatic malt. The rice replaces the flaked maize used in Lees other beers. There are also two types of sugar: P.S. Crystals and Solprima. I’ve substituted No. 1 invert sugar.
The hops were something English and Styrian Goldings. I’ve guessed Fuggles for the former.
|1963 Lees Lager|
|pilsner malt||6.25 lb||78.13%|
|enzymic malt||0.25 lb||3.13%|
|flaked rice||0.75 lb||9.38%|
|No. 1 invert sugar||0.75 lb||9.38%|
|Fuggles 90 mins||0.75 oz|
|Styrian Goldings 30 mins||0.75 oz|
|Mash at||146º F|
|Sparge at||170º F|
|Boil time||90 minutes|
|pitching temp||48º F|
|Yeast||Wyeast 2042 Danish lager|
This recipe come from my excellent book on brewing after WW II.