Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Let's Brew Wednesday - 1939 Barclay Perkins PA

Fitting in with yesterday's interwar London PA style definition, here's an example of such a beer. And one from my favourite brewery, too.

Top of Barclay’s IPA tree was PA. Find it confusing that it was stronger than the IPA? Don’t worry, it was often this way around in London.

Parti-gyled with their IPA, it was ever so slightly different from XLK in something other than the OG. The dry hops were different. Styrian Golding rather than East Kent Goldings.

I would have expected the more expensive beer to get the EKGs, which you’d assume were the best-quality hops. But the brewing record handily includes the prices of the ingredients. The EKGs were 286/- a cwt., and the Styrian Goldings 288/-. Both from the 1938 harvest. They wouldn’t be getting any more Styrian hops for a few years.

PA was discontinued in November 1940.

1939 Barclay Perkins PA
pale malt 8.25 lb 73.27%
flaked maize 1.25 lb 11.10%
No. 3 invert sugar 1.75 lb 15.54%
caramel 1000 SRM 0.01 lb 0.09%
Fuggles 150 mins 1.00 oz
Fuggles 60 mins 1.00 oz
Goldings 30 mins 1.00 oz
Styrian Goldings dry hops 1.00 oz
OG 1053
FG 1018.5
ABV 4.56
Apparent attenuation 65.09%
IBU 38
SRM 13
Mash at 150º F
After underlet 154º F
Sparge at 170º F
Boil time 150 minutes
pitching temp 61º F
Yeast Wyeast 1099 Whitbread ale

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