Why is that? Because it looks very much like the strongest Mild Ale, XXX. It’s a few points higher in gravity, but the grist is the same. Same two elements – pale malt and No. 3 invert sugar – in the same proportions.
The difference lies in the hopping rate which was 35% higher in SB. Which is what you would expect in a beer intended to undergo a long fermentation. A minimum of 12 months, would be my guess. Not sure what the vessels used in this process were. Possibly trade casks. Or some wort of large r casks. There’s no indication in the brewing record, sadly.
Just two types of English hops, East Kent from the 1887 harvest and Kent from 1888. I’ve guessed that the former were Goldings and the latter Fuggles.
|1889 Harveys SB|
|pale malt||13.75 lb||83.33%|
|No. 3 invert sugar||2.75 lb||16.67%|
|Fuggles 95 mins||2.00 oz|
|Fuggles 60 mins||2.00 oz|
|Goldings 30 mins||2.00 oz|
|Mash at||152º F|
|Sparge at||165º F|
|Boil time||95 minutes|
|pitching temp||58º F|
|Yeast||White Labs WLP025 Southwold|