Saturday 24 June 2023

Let's Brew - 1945 William Younger IPA Pale

Here's a special beer for all you IPA fans. One that's about as far away from the modern idea of an IPA as you can get, with its weedy gravity and hopping a low-gravity Mild would be embarrassed about. So what makes it an IPA? That's what the brewer called it. The only criterium that makes any sense.

With IPA Pale it isn’t quite the same story as the other Pale Ales. It isn’t quite similar to the previous year’s version. It’s 100% identical.

About all I can say about the grist, is that there are two types of pale malt, one English and one Scottish. With around twice of much of the latter as the former.

The few hops thrown into the copper were a single type form Kent, harvested in 1943. 

1945 William Younger IPA Pale
pale malt 7.75 lb 73.81%
flaked barley 2.75 lb 26.19%
Fuggles 75 min 0.75 oz
Fuggles 30 min 0.50 oz
Goldings dry hops 0.25 oz
OG 1044
FG 1013
ABV 4.10
Apparent attenuation 70.45%
IBU 15
Mash at 152º F
Sparge at 160º F
Boil time 75 minutes
pitching temp 60º F
Yeast WLP028 Edinburgh Ale

This recipe is one of 553 in my recently-released BlitzKrieg!, the definitive book on brewing during WW II.

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Chris Pickles said...

The OG of 1044 was very close to the Youngers IPA I occasionally drank round about 1980. The GBG gave it's OG as 1043 as I recall. Of course the ingredients may have changed but I'd suppose probably not much, it was quite sweetish and not very bitter. Again as I recall.

Anonymous said...

Chris it just seems to be a light coloured mild ale.