Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Let's Brew Wednesday - 1887 Fullers X

As you can see, I continue to chip away at the recipes for my late Victorian/Edwardian book. My experiences with "Blitzkrieg!" have taught me you can never start too soon writing the buggers.

Mild was hugely popular in the second half of the 19th century and X Ale was doubtless one of Fuller’s biggest sellers.

If 1051º looks high for a base-level Mild, you should have seen what London versions were like a couple of decades earlier. Then gravities were in excess of 1060º.

The grist is more complicated than usual in a Mild of the period. This looks like a transitional beer. Where the colour is darkening, though not as dark as a modern Dark Mild. Based on the percentages, it looks as if the amber malt might well have been diastatic. The sugar type is just a guess. The brewing record simply says “Sacc.”.

I’ve knocked back the hopping rate considerably on account of the age of the hops. Which were Kent from the 1884 harvest and East Kent form as far back as 1883.

1887 Fullers X
pale malt 5.00 lb 46.51%
amber malt 2.50 lb 23.26%
crystal malt 1.00 lb 9.30%
No. 2 invert sugar 2.25 lb 20.93%
Fuggles 90 mins 0.75 oz
Goldings 60 mins 0.75 oz

Goldings 30 mins 0.75 oz
Goldings dry hops 0.25 oz
OG 1051
FG 1014
ABV 4.89
Apparent attenuation 72.55%
IBU 28
SRM 15
Mash at 154º F
Sparge at 170º F
Boil time 90 minutes
pitching temp 58º F
Yeast WLP002 English Ale



StuartP said...

2 1/4 lbs of hops??

Unknown said...

I think your hop usage should be ounces rather than pounds.