Sunday 18 July 2021

Heineken (Rotterdam) beers in 1942

1942 wasn’t a happy year for Dutch drinkers. Pils excepted, none of Heineken’s beers was intoxicating. And even that would only just about get you poised, if you had a great deal of determination.

I’m not sure what the point of P dun, that is “thin” Pils, it being almost identical to Licht Lagerbier. The only difference being ever so slightly fewer hops.

The hopping rates per hl are much the same as in 1941, despite the reduction in gravities. And because of that the hopping rates per 100 kg of malt are much higher, other than in the Pils. In the case of the Licht and Donker Lagerbiers it’s around double. Clearly hop supply was less of a problem than malt supply.

Attenuation also remains unchanged from the previous year at a little over 70%. Down a little on the pre-war average of around 75%. Doubtless a result of wanting leave at least a little body.

Heineken (Rotterdam) grists in 1942
Date Beer Style lager malt Kleur-mout broei-mout Caramel-mout sugar
26th Jun Li Licht Lagerbier 70.00% 1.88%     28.13%
26th Jun Beiersche Münchener 49.69% 10.94% 5.63% 5.63% 28.13%
29th Jun Do Donker Lagerbier 49.69% 10.94% 5.63% 5.63% 28.13%
28th Jun P dun Pils 68.75% 3.13%     28.13%
1st Jul P Pils 69.37% 0.90%     29.73%
Heineken brewing record held at the Amsterdamse Stadsarchief, document number 834 - 1760.


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