In my spreadsheet of extracted brewing records, I list the style as Mild Ale. Purely because Ale usually means Mild Ale at this sort of strength. That choice I made a while ago. Now I’m pretty sure it’s wrong. For a couple of reasons.
The most obvious being a much higher hopping rate. Theis particular EA was hopped at 14 lbs per quarter (336 lbs) if malt. While Barclay’s Mild was dosed with 6 – 8 lbs. The hopping rate is much the same as their Stock Ales. As was the grist.
So, what the hell was it? Not a Pale Ale, as that would never have contained crystal malt in the 1890s. Based on the hopping and grist, it looks like a K Ale. A low-gravity Stock Ale. Assuming it was genuinely exported, where was it sold and under what name? More questions to which I have no answer. The volumes are also very large for an export beer. This batch was over 600 barrels, some others over 1,000.
Whatever it was, it didn’t last long. I’ve only found it in records from the 1880s.
The hops were a combination of Bohemian from the 1890 harvest and Mid-Kent from 1889 and 1890.
|1891 Barclay Perkins EA|
|pale malt||8.75 lb||70.00%|
|crystal malt 60 L||0.50 lb||4.00%|
|flaked rice||1.50 lb||12.00%|
|No. 2 invert sugar||1.75 lb||14.00%|
|Fuggles 120 mins||2.00 oz|
|Fuggles 60 mins||2.00 oz|
|Saaz 30 mins||2.00 oz|
|Goldings dry hops||1.00 oz|
|Mash at||151º F|
|Sparge at||168º F|
|Boil time||120 minutes|
|pitching temp||60º F|
|Yeast||Wyeast 1099 Whitbread ale|