Saturday, 17 October 2020

Let's Brew - 1943 William Younger XXPS

I have a weird affection for some of William Younger's beers Probably because I drank a few of the ones I come across in their brewing records. No. 3, obviously, that most enigmatic of Scotch Ales, the one not like any of the other ones. And XXPS and IPA.

 They had a couple of cask beers in my youth. They were sold under varying names. 80/- was usually called IPA in England. Its weaker sibling XXPS, went by the name of 70/- North of the border and Scotch in the land of the Sassenachs. When I was supping it in one of the few free houses in the Newark area where I grew up, I was clueless as to its history. Complicated, messy and too much to go into here. I'll just say that its early years, without the S suffix, were as a full-strength IPA.

Being 1943, the flaked oats are no surprise. In fact, you’d expect more. When this was brewed in October, 15% was the norm. Not sure why there is so little.

The hops are dead fun: Kent and experimental. Both from the 1942 harvest. Pretty recent, then. Just bigger all of them. 

1943 William Younger XXPS
pale malt 7.25 lb 80.56%
flaked barley 1.25 lb 13.89%
flaked oats 0.50 lb 5.56%
Fuggles 75 min 0.50 oz
Fuggles 30 min 0.50 oz
OG 1038
FG 1012
ABV 3.44
Apparent attenuation 68.42%
IBU 12
SRM 3.5
Mash at 153º F
Sparge at 160º F
Boil time 75 minutes
pitching temp 61º F
Yeast WLP028 Edinburgh Ale




Anonymous said...

Any sense what the experimental hops were? I don't see any obvious candidates in this article, but I realize the experiment could be something mundane like improving mildew resistence rather than creating a new flavor.

Anonymous said...

Northern Brewer, perhaps?

Bred in 1934, released in 1944.

According to Peter Darby (Wye Hops):
"Northern Brewer was developed by Prof Salmon at Wye College in 1944 and was championed by Scottish and Newcastle, particularly through their Fountains Brewery in Edinburgh (hence the name)."

Younger's were merged with McEwans Fountain brewery.

Daryle said...

Brewed up this one, hit an OG of 1.040 and finished at 1.012 for a respectable 3.7% . This really, really tastes like many of the American pre-prohibition era Cream Ales I have brewed in the past. Couple of my Brit friends here in Germany loved it. May make this a regular rotation beer on the Keezer, especially in the summer. in the US we would call this "Lawnmower Beer"