It was generally brewed as a 9d. draught beer, that is with a gravity of around 1055º. There were stronger versions, but these were mostly sold in bottled form or on draught or as a winter seasonal.
One exception was Fullers Old Burton Extra (OBE), which was a draught beer that wasn’t limited to a specific season. But it was brewed in tiny quantities: at most 40 barrels, often fewer than ten barrels at a time, when Fuller’s brew length was 400-500 barrels. That’s the glory of parti-gyling, being able to efficiently brew a low-volume beer on a large kit.
The fall in gravity, as with Stout was about 20 points. Like Stout, draught Burton Ale was a 9d. per pint beer. Fullers OBE, Barclay Perkins KKK and Courage KK are very similar to pre-war draught KK. Clearly there was still a demand for strong Burton Ales, despite the price.
The draught Burton Ales available in London after WW I all looked pretty similar.
Assuming an average OG for KK of around 1072º before the war and about 1054º after it, that’s a fall of 25%, which is slightly more than the average 23% drop.
|London Burton Ale after WW I|
|Year||Brewer||Beer||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||lbs hops/ qtr||hops lb/brl|
|1924||Barclay Perkins||KK (bottling)||1070.3||1023.5||6.19||66.57%||14.00||4.24|
|Barclay Perkins brewing records held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document numbers ACC/2305/01/609 and ACC/2305/01/611.|
|Camden brewing record held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number ACC/2305/9/5.|
|Courage brewing record held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number ACC/2305/08/253.|
|Fullers brewing record held at the brewery.|
|Whitbread brewing record held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/01/088.|
|Draught London Burton Ale after WW I|
|1923||City of London||KK||9d||1052.1||1012.6||5.14||75.82%|
|Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001.|
This is an extract from Armistice!,
my wonderful book on brewing in WW I.