Saturday, 18 July 2020

Let's Brew - 1885 Kirkstall KKK

Here’s another brewery I remember and whose beers I drank. Kirkstall is part of Leeds and the like-named brewery was still operating when I lived in the city.

The brewery was bought by Dutton’s in 1936. They fell into Whitbread’s hands in 1953, when they in turn purchased Dutton’s. It finally closed in 1983.

I didn’t initially drink their beers as they produced no cask. They did bring it back in their later years and very pleasant it was, too.

A new Kirkstall brewery was established a few years back. They own one of my favourite pub, The Cardigan Arms.

KKK has a quite interesting grist, with a reasonably high percentage of brown malt. I’ve seen brown malt in other K Ales in this period. For example, from Whitbread.

It’s a good bit weaker than a London KKK. Whitbread’s had an OG almost 20º higher.

All English hops from the 1883 and 1884 harvests. No indication of variety. The dry hops are a guess, as they weren’t recorded. While I’m at it, the FG is a  guess, too.

1885 Kirkstall KKK
mild malt 14.50 lb 90.63%
brown malt 1.50 lb 9.38%
Fuggles 150 mins 1.75 oz
Fuggles 60 mins 1.75 oz
Goldings 30 mins 1.75 oz
Goldings dry hops 1.00 oz
OG 1069.5
FG 1020
ABV 6.55
Apparent attenuation 71.22%
IBU 58
SRM 12.5
Mash at 155º F
Sparge at 170º F
Boil time 150 minutes
pitching temp 57º F
Yeast Wyeast 1469 West Yorkshire Ale


Dan Klingman said...

How long do you think this would have been aged before sending out to the pubs?

Edd The Brew said...

Hi Ron ,
Whitbread purchased the Kirkstall Brewery from Duttons of Blackburn well before the purchase of Duttons by Whitbread (1960s)

Ron Pattinson said...

Dan Klingman,

probably at least 6 months.