Wednesday, 9 November 2022

Let's Brew Wednesday - 1888 Tetley K

Another beer which confused me for a long time is K. In my brewery log spreadsheet the style is still described as “?”. Though I’m now pretty certain that it’s a type of Pale Ale. A Light Dinner Ale or something similar. Or, on draught, Light Bitter.

I base that mostly on the hopping rate of 10 lbs per quarter (336 lbs) of malt. Considerably more than the 4.3 lbs per quarter of the Mild Ale of a similar strength.

There’s a relatively dull grist of just their two base malts, pale and mild. Not really anything more I can say about that.

As usual, Tetley kept all the complexity for the hopping. Where there are five different types: Kent from the 1887 crop, Worcester from 1886, 1887 and 1887, and Burgundy from 1887. 

1888 Tetley K
pale malt 5.75 lb 50.00%
mild malt 5.75 lb 50.00%
Fuggles 120 mins 3.50 oz
Strisselspalt 120 mins 0.50 oz
Goldings dry hops 0.25 oz
OG 1049
FG 1014
ABV 4.63
Apparent attenuation 71.43%
IBU 54
Mash at 155º F
Sparge at 165º F
Boil time 120 minutes
pitching temp 65º F
Yeast Wyeast 1469 West Yorkshire Ale Timothy Taylor

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