Thursday, 9 April 2020

Southwestern Brown Ale after WW II

I'm finally back to writing more of the body of my next book. Not just whacking out recipes

In the Southwest, Brown Ales look somewhat different to in the Southeast. Though I do have samples from fewer different breweries.

The average OG is a good 3º higher, while the ABV is getting on for 0.5% higher. And every single example is over 1030º. None of those watery versions which were fairly common across the rest of the South and London.

Despite being stronger, the average price is only marginally higher than the Southeast: 17.9d as opposed to 17.6d.  Which isn’t really significant at all.

The attenuation, averaging about 77%, is pretty standard. Only one example is below 70%. That’s pretty much in line with most of the rest of the provinces, but it’s a fair bit higher than the 70% average attenuation amongst London examples.

The colour is definitely on the paler side, mostly. Only the St. Anne’s Well and Ushers examples are really dark brown. And the Hancock’s one is barely darker than Bitter. It’s striking how much brewers’ ideas of what constituted “brown” varied so much, even within a single region.

Southwestern Brown Ale after WW II
Year Brewer Beer Price per pint (d) OG FG ABV App. Atten-uation colour
1948 Devenish Brown Ale 18 1030.5 1005.8 3.21 80.98% 67
1948 Plymouth Double Brown Ale 18 1035 1010.8 3.13 69.14% 64
1948 Plymouth DB 16 1035.7 1008.9 3.48 75.21% 64
1952 Plymouth Double Brown Ale 18 1035.3 1008.3 3.50 76.49% 58
1952 St. Anne's Well Brown Ale 19 1034.1 1005.1 3.77 85.04% 100
1952 Ushers Brown Ale 17 1033.6 1007.7 3.36 77.08% 80
1951 Hancocks Nut Brown Ale 19 1039.3 1010.2 3.77 74.05% 33.5
Average 17.9 1034.8 1008.1 3.46 76.86% 66.6
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/002.

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