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While I'm on my whole 1950's thing, I thought I'd throw in some recipes, too. It's thirsty work doing all this number shuffling.

This is an odd beer. On the label, it's billed as a "Extra Brown Ale". Which I suppose it sort of is. Though it could equally be called a Burton. The base brew is X Ale, or Hock, Fullers standard Mild. Because obviously this was a parti-gyle. That's just the way Fullers operated. And the quantity of Old Harry being brewed was quite small - just 60 barrels, along with 480 barrels of X. Still, that's a huge volume compared to OBE in the 1930's. I don't think I've seen a batch bigger than five or six barrels.. The smallest are only one or two barrels.

I was a bit surprised by the lack of crystal malt in the recipe. I would have expected that. Instead it's just pale malt, flaked maize and sugar.

A word about the sugar. The original is No. 2 Invert, PTX and Intense. I'm not totally sure what the composition of the latter two was. I know Intense was pretty dark, probably a mix of invert sugar and caramel. PTX I haven't a clue about. So I've specified No. 3 invert and caramel as a substitute. It should get you somewhere in the right area.

There are no details of the hops, other than that they are English. A Fuggle's/Goldings combination seems a fair enough guess. Feel free to use any English hops that take your fancy.

Brown Ale is another one of those terms used inconsistently. As you'll see when I finally get my arse in gear and look at my Brown Ale analyses. There a couple of pretty different variations.

Right, time to pass you over to . . . me, again . . . . .

1955 Fullers Old Harry

pale malt
7.75 lb

flaked maize
1.00 lb

No.2 invert
1.25 lb

No.2 invert
0.50 lb

1.00 oz

Fuggles 90 min
0.75 oz

Goldings 60 min
0.75 oz

Goldings 30 min
0.75 oz




Apparent attenuation



Mash at
150º F

Sparge at
166º F

Boil time
90 minutes

pitching temp
61º F

Wyeast 1968 London ESB or

White Labs WLP002 English Ale

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