XLK came in two versions, “trade” being the draught version.
This was Barclay Perkins Ordinary Bitter and was produced in considerable quantities. It was first introduced in the 1880’s, which was quite late. Initially, only a draught version was brewed.
The grist is typical for the period: around 75% base malt, with the rest made up of flaked maize and brewing sugar. Barclay Perkins started using unmalted adjuncts just about as soon as it was made legal in 1880. Initially, they employed flaked rice, but they swapped to flaked maize in 1899.
The hops are all English: Mid-Kent (1913), East Kent (1913), Worcester (1912 CS) and Mid-Kent Goldings (1912 CS); Worcester (1912 CS) dry hops. Note that all the hops that weren’t from the most recent season had been kept in a cold store (that’s what the CS means).
|1914 Barclay Perkins XLK (trade)|
|pale malt||7.50 lb||73.17%|
|flaked maize||0.75 lb||7.32%|
|No. 2 invert sugar||1.00 lb||9.76%|
|Fuggles 120 mins||1.25 oz|
|Fuggles 90 mins||1.00 oz|
|Goldings 30 mins||1.00 oz|
|Goldings dry hops||0.50 oz|
|Mash at||152º F|
|Sparge at||170º F|
|Boil time||120 minutes|
|pitching temp||59.5º F|
|Yeast||Wyeast 1099 Whitbread Ale|
This recipe, and many others, can be found in Armistice,
my wonderful book on brewing in WW I.