Saturday, 15 August 2020

Let's Brew - 1923 Boddington CC

WW I doesn’t seem to have treated CC too badly. It came out of the other side only 5º weaker. Not bad at all.

Amazingly, the grist has got even simpler. As the flaked maize has been dropped. A conscious decision by Boddington as all the rest of their beers, with the exception of Stout, did contain maize. Leaving just base malt and sugar. There were however, two types of pale malt, both English.

As Boddington were totally vague about the type of sugar being used – it’s in a column simply headed “Sch’rne” meaning just “sugar” – I’ve had to guess what it might be. No. 3 invert seems the most likely option for a dark beer like CC.

Boddington normally used four or five different copper hops and this beer is no exception. Pacific from the 1921 harvest, English from 1922 and Hannover from 1923. There were so few of the last, just 5 lbs out of a total of a total of 160 lbs, that it’s not worth including them in the recipe.

One of the odd features of Boddington is that they used American hops as dry hops. Which really shocked me as I’ve always read that UK brewers hated the flavour of American hops. In this case the dry hops were Pacific from the 1921 harvest, English from 1921 and Hannover from 1923.

1923 Boddington CC
pale malt 12.00 lb 95.05%
caramel 5000 SRM 0.125 lb 0.99%
No. 3 invert sugar 0.50 lb 3.96%
Cluster 155 mins 1.00 oz
Fuggles 90 mins 0.75 oz
Fuggles 60 mins 0.75 oz
Goldings 30 mins 0.75 oz
Cluster dry hops 0.25 oz
Goldings dry hops 0.25 oz
OG 1057
FG 1018
ABV 5.16
Apparent attenuation 68.42%
IBU 47
SRM 20
Mash at 152º F
Sparge at 168º F
Boil time 155 minutes
pitching temp 62º F
Yeast Wyeast 1318 London ale III (Boddingtons)

This recipe is in my two new books, Strong! vols. 1 & 2 and Strong! vol.2.


Yann said...

Hannover as in Niedersachsen? I didn't know hops were grown up there, but there seems to be a street called "Am Hopfengarten".


Ron Pattinson said...


that's what I assume.

Daryle said...

Did not have Cluster, so used Galena. Used invert #2 (all I had on hand) and was without Brewers Caramel, so it came out lighter then the original (30 EBC). OG was 1.056, finishing at 1.013 for a rich mans 5.6% ABV.Beer was good after day 10 in the keg. Third week in the keg, this one really started to shine. U Tons of dark fruit flavors and molasses, with the usual english hop characteristics. Will be brewing this again!!