The recipe for XXXX is certainly very similar to that of XXX. The only real differences are that XXXX has all mild malt as base and has 1 cwt. of something called Hydrol. No idea what that is, so I’ve just bumped up the amount of No. 3 invert.
The recipe has changed a little since 1949. The amber malt has been dropped and the gravity is 7 points lower.
The hops were all English from the 1957 and 1958 crops.
Adnams still brew an Old Ale which is very similar to this beer. I had a few pints of it in the Lord Nelson on my only visit to Southwold. Lovely stuff, when on form.
|1959 Adnams XXXX|
|mild malt||6.75 lb||69.23%|
|crystal malt 80L||1.75 lb||17.95%|
|No. 3 invert sugar||1.25 lb||12.82%|
|Fuggles 125 mins||1.00 oz|
|Goldings 30 mins||1.00 oz|
|Mash at||150º F|
|Sparge at||170º F|
|Boil time||125 minutes|
|pitching temp||60º F|
This is one of literally hundreds of recipes in my book on UK brewing in the aftermath of WW II, Austerity!