Thursday, 24 June 2021

Meibier in 1939

I’m not sure how many breweries participated in the Meibier experiment, but at least six did. Of these six, five were located in the Randstad, that is the large cities in the West of Holland. The exception being Grolsch, which was close to the eastern border with Germany.

The ones for which I have analyses all look generally similar to each. They’re generally towards the lower end of the recommended gravity range, all but two being under 16º Plato. The attenuation is a little lower than for Pils, leaving them mostly at around 6% ABV, though ZHB’s example is a little less than that.

There is a fair bit of variation in the colour. I’m not exactly sure which colour scale Heineken was using. But in other analyses, Pils is around 0.4-0.5, Donker Lagerbier 7.5 and Münchener 10.3, and Bok 13-16. Meaning even the palest Meibiers were darker than Pils, but the darkest were still far short of being brown.

Meibier in 1939
Brewer Town OG Plato FG Plato ABV App. Atten-uation Colour
Grolsch Groenlo 16.03 4.77 6.03 71.53% 0.85
ZHB Den Haag 15.91 4.85 5.81 70.82% 0.92
Amstel Amsterdam 15.66 4.35 6.03 73.43% 2.2
Oranjeboom Rotterdam 15.78 4.44 6.05 73.09% 2.1
Van Vollenhoven Amsterdam 16.43 4.95 6.13 71.20% 1.3
Heineken Rotterdam 15.83 3.84 6.40 76.86% 2.1
Rapporten van laboratoriumonderzoeken naar producten van Heinekenbrouwerijen in binnen- en buitenland en naar producten van andere brouwerijen hels at the Amsterdamse Stadsarchief, document number 834 - 1794.

1 comment:

Chris Pickles said...

Van Vollenhoven... a name to cause nightmares among Wiganers to this day.