While all was static elsewhere, there have been some changes with MB. Not the gravity, obviously, as that was already at the minimum level.
With such a weedy OG, it’s just as well Shepherd Neame fermented their beers right out. That, at least, gets it a little above 3% ABV.
There’s less pale malt and more flaked barley. But the big change is in the sugars, where the enigmatic ME has returned, boosting the percentage of malt extract to 5%. Note that, ME aside, all the elements are the same as in 1943. The No.4 invert being my interpretation of “UK CS”. Or is it “VK CS”. It’s hard to be sure due to the dodgy handwriting.
There were English hops from the 1941, 1943 and 1944 harvests. Plus a tiny quantity of Oregon hops from 1942.
|1944 Shepherd Neame MB|
|pale malt||4.00 lb||71.11%|
|flaked barley||0.50 lb||8.89%|
|No. 3 invert sugar||0.75 lb||13.33%|
|No. 4 invert sugar||0.125 lb||2.22%|
|malt extract||0.25 lb||4.44%|
|Fuggles 120 mins||0.33 oz|
|Goldings 60 mins||0.25 oz|
|Goldings 30 mins||0.25 oz|
|Mash at||152º F|
|Sparge at||170º F|
|Boil time||120 minutes|
|pitching temp||62º F|
|Yeast||a Southern English Ale yeast|