At least its properly strong, weighing in at a similar gravity to a London KKK. It would be great to know if it was aged. My guess would be yes. Probably a few months in trade casks.
BB isn’t a complicated beer. Its grist is mostly pale malt. In the mash tun, 100% pale malt, as the black malt was added to the copper along with the sugar. There’s really nothing more to say. There’s not enough black malt to make the finished beer properly dark. Leaving it in the no man’s land between pale and dark.
Only four types of hops this time, three English and one Californian. None with a harvest date.
|1901 Boddington BB|
|pale malt||17.25 lb||91.80%|
|black malt||0.04 lb||0.21%|
|No. 2 invert sugar||1.50 lb||7.98%|
|Cluster 165 mins||1.00 oz|
|Fuggles 60 mins||2.00 oz|
|Fuggles 30 mins||2.00 oz|
|Fuggles dry hops||0.50 oz|
|Mash at||154º F|
|Sparge at||165º F|
|Boil time||165 minutes|
|pitching temp||60º F|
|Yeast||Wyeast 1318 London ale III (Boddingtons)|
Just a thought -- perhaps BB in this case was a pun on the Boddington logo, which borrows the busy bees from the crest of the Manchester coat of arms?
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