Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Let's Brew Wednesday - 1955 Tennant's No. 1

Tennant were an odd bunch. They didn’t content themselves with brewing one super-strength Barley Wine. No, they had to brew two.

This was their first, No. 1 Barley Wine. A classic dark interpretation of the style. Then, in the early 1950s, they came up with the idea of producing a pale Barley Wine. A beer which achieved fame and national distribution under the name Gold Label. For quite some years Tennant continued to brew the dark version.

There are a couple of odd features. Black and crystal are given in gallons, not quarters, for some reason. Though as they’re in the malt column, I’m pretty sure they aren’t some sort of sugar solution. Other than those, there’s only pale malt and a little flaked maize. Oh, other than a small quantity of enzymic malt which I’ve rolled into the pale malt.

For sugars there’s some No. 2 invert and malt extract. They loved malt extract in the 1950s. Still not really worked out why.

100% Kent Goldings, from the 1953 and 1954 harvests were employed as copper hops. Hallertau from 1954 made up the dry hops.

1955 Tennant's No. 1
pale malt 17.25 lb 77.53%
crystal malt 60 L 0.50 lb 2.25%
black malt 0.50 lb 2.25%
flaked maize 1.50 lb 6.74%
No. 2 invert sugar 2.50 lb 11.24%
Goldings 210 mins 4.00 oz
Goldings 40 mins 0.75 oz
Goldings 20 mins 0.75 oz
Hallertau dry hops 0.50 oz
OG 1101
FG 1027.5
ABV 9.72
Apparent attenuation 72.77%
IBU 61
SRM 25
Mash at 149º F
Sparge at 165º F
Boil time 210 minutes
pitching temp 57º F
Yeast Wyeast 1099 Whitbread ale


Mike in NSW said...

I've noticed a few small quantities of malt extract in recipes from the 50s, probably diastatic malt extract to smooth out the DP of different batches of malt as tested at the brewery lab?

The old EDME company beloved of home brewers in the 60s, 70s and later actually stood for Essex Diastatic Malt Extract so there was a fair bit of it sloshing around, I guess.

Barm said...

Also to extend brew length if the mash tun was underdimensioned for some reason.