Saturday, 8 May 2021

Let's Brew - 1940 Fullers AK

A style that mostly occurred in the South, AK had come under pressure in WW I. As a relatively low-ABV Pale Ale, it was particularly vulnerable to a general drop in gravities.

This is the last hurray of Fullers version. Literally stricken form history. A slightly later brewing record has AK crossed out, as Fullers drastically overhauled their range of Pale Ales. It started the war with such a low gravity and brewed in such small quantities that it was never going to last the duration.

AK as a type was driven to near extermination by two world wars. Its mistake being to start off pretty weak. In the late 19th century, dozens of breweries produced a beer called AK. After WW II, there were no more than a handful left.

This example was parti-gyled, as usual, with PA and XK.

Turning to the recipe, the flaked maize has been dropped in favour of flaked rice. As you would expect. Otherwise, there’s not a lot of change.

There were four types of English hops, one from the 1939 harvest, the rest from 1938. 

1940 Fullers AK
pale malt 5.75 lb 87.44%
flaked rice 0.75 lb 11.41%
No. 2 invert sugar 0.033 lb 0.50%
glucose 0.033 lb 0.50%
caramel 1000 SRM 0.01 lb 0.15%
Fuggles 90 min 1.00 oz
Goldings 30 min 1.00 oz
Goldings dry hops 0.25 oz
OG 1029
FG 1008.5
ABV 2.71
Apparent attenuation 70.69%
IBU 29
Mash at 151º F
After underlet 153º F
Sparge at 168º F
Boil time 90 minutes
pitching temp 62º F
Yeast WLP002 English Ale

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