Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Let's Brew Wednesday - 1940 William Younger XXPS

Younger’s wartime records are a bit of a nightmare to interpret. I’ve changed my mind several times about what they actually mean.

It’s all to do with the adjuncts. And the confusing columns and what exactly does the underlining of some numbers mean? I’m just going with my best guess.

One thing I know for certain is that this iteration contained rice. Presumably, in the form of flakes. And I’m almost certain that it also contained grits. But I could be wrong about the latter. I am right, then they must have still been performing a cereal mash. As it’s a bit essential when brewing with grits.

The barley for the malt came from England, Scotland and somewhere I can’t make out. But the chances are it was domestic rather than imported. All just pale malt, obviously, as this was a Scottish beer.

Just two types of Kent hops, one from the 1938 season and the other from 1939.

1940 William Younger XXPS
pale malt 6.50 lb 63.41%
grits 1.75 lb 17.07%
flaked rice 2.00 lb 19.51%
Fuggles 105 min 0.75 oz
Fuggles 30 min 0.50 oz
Goldings dry hops 0.25 oz
OG 1044
FG 1013
ABV 4.10
Apparent attenuation 70.45%
IBU 15.5
Mash at 153º F
Sparge at 160º F
Boil time 105 minutes
pitching temp 61º F
Yeast WLP028 Edinburgh Ale


Tandleman said...

Quite liked Wee Willie which I'd never seen in Scotland, when I moved to Liverpool. The local offie sold it. I suspect it was McEwans Pale Ale rebadged.

Any thoughts on that?

Ron Pattinson said...


that would depend on the date. My guess is that while Younger was still open it was a beer called PA internally and had an OG of 1030º.