Even though not everyone was aware of them all, there were at least three AKs still being brewed at the start of the 1980s. McMullen's, the obvious one, Courage's (formerly Holes), the obscure one and Eldridge Pope's, the hidden one.
As you can see, versions after the war were very much like those produced during it, in terms of strength. A fairly puny one, at around 1030º. About the minimum level that's worth bothering with.
The hopping rate rate is also similar to that of wartime, at around 5 lbs per quarter (336 lbs) of malt. Which is also pretty low.
Varying from just over 60% to 85%, the apparent rate of attenuation is all over the place. So much so, that I can't really draw any conclusions.
|AK after WW II|
|Date||Year||Brewer||Beer||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||lbs hops/ qtr||hops lb/brl|
|22nd Jan||1946||Shepherd Neame||AK||1027.1||1005.8||2.82||78.57%||4.64||0.55|
|15th Jul||1947||Shepherd Neame||AK||1027.1||1004.2||3.04||84.69%||4.80||0.53|
|3rd Jan||1964||Eldridge Pope||BAK||1030.2||1007.8||2.97||74.31%||5.10||0.61|
|6th Jan||1967||Eldridge Pope||BAK||1030.2||1011.6||2.46||61.47%||5.81||0.69|
|17th May||1982||Eldridge Pope||BAK||1030.2||1006.1||3.19||79.82%||9.03||0.82|
|27th Jun||1984||Eldridge Pope||BAK||1032.7||1005.0||3.66||84.75%||4.00||0.54|
|Strong brewing record, number 79A01-A3-3-27.|
|Eldridge Pope brewing record.|
|Shepherd Neame brewing record held at the brewery.|
To finish, here are some details of the current survivor, McMullen'a:
|McMullen's AK 1967 - 2002|
|Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/002.|
|Good Beer Guide 1978, Good Beer Guide 1980, Good Beer Guide 1982, Good Beer Guide 1983, Good Beer Guide 1983, Good Beer Guide 1984, Good Beer Guide 1990.|
|What's Brewing (Beer) May 2005, p.17; July 2005 p.5|
|What's Brewing (Beer) July 2005 p.5|
Interesting to see that the gravity increased a little in the 1990s.
Grists next time.