Wednesday, 31 August 2022

Let's Brew Wednesday - 1889 Harveys X Ale

We’re outside the major cities again with Harveys. Not exactly rurally based, but a fairly small market town.

The surprise here is that the base-level Mild Ale, X Ale, has a similar gravity to a London Mild. And is a good bit stronger than other small-town X Ales from Adnams and Hancock. Why is this? Perhaps because, being not that far from London, they were in direct competition with brewers from the capital.

There’s no malt other than pale base malt. Though there were three types of that: two made from English barley and one from Smyrna, i.e., Middle Eastern, barley. Nothing particularly unusual in that, given that the UK couldn’t grow enough malting barley to service the brewing industry.

The only other element in the grist is No. 2 invert sugar. Which darkens the beer a little, while still leaving it well short of a modern Dark Mild.

The hops, in contrast to the malt, were all English. Specifically, Kent from the 1888 harvest and East Kent from 1887 and 1888.

1889 Harveys X Ale
pale malt 10.25 lb 85.42%
No. 2 invert sugar 1.75 lb 14.58%
Fuggles 85 mins 1.00 oz
Goldings 60 mins 1.00 oz
Goldings 30 mins 1.00 oz
OG 1058
FG 1014
ABV 5.82
Apparent attenuation 75.86%
IBU 35
Mash at 152º F
Sparge at 165º F
Boil time 85 minutes
pitching temp 57.5º F
Yeast White Labs WLP025 Southwold



Christoph Riedel said...

I was wondering about your choice of yeast and noticed that in the last Harvey's recipe you used the Gale strain WY1332. Any reason for a change, or any preference you would give either?

StuartP said...

A trip to a Victorian pub would be a fantastic booze session.

The Butcher said...

You should ask Miles about the CWA!