It wasn’t just X Ale that had its gravity slashed. The same fate befell Fullers AK.
Not really surprising as on 1st April 1918, a few weeks before this beer was brewed, average gravity was cut to 1030º. It was logical that big-selling beers would need to have a gravity lower than that.
There have been more adjustments to the recipe, too. Back are No. 2 invert sugar and glucose, leaving the grist quite similar to the 1916 version, save for the absence of flaked maize.
The hops are exactly the same two types as in X Ale: Cobbs (1916) and Mid-Kent (1916).
The real mashing scheme was mash of an hour with an initial heat of 150º F, raised to 152º F after 25 minutes by an underlet. Left to stand for a further 1 hour and 35 minutes.
|1918 Fullers AK|
|pale malt||4.25 lb||77.20%|
|No. 2 invert sugar||1.00 lb||18.17%|
|caramel 500 SRM||0.005 lb||0.09%|
|Fuggles 90 mins||0.75 oz|
|Goldings 60 mins||0.75 oz|
|Goldings 30 mins||0.75 oz|
|Goldings dry hops||0.25 oz|
|Mash at||152º F|
|Sparge at||168º F|
|Boil time||90 minutes|
|pitching temp||60º F|
|Yeast||Wyeast 1968 London ESB|
The above is an excerpt from Armistice,
my wonderful book on brewing in WW I.