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I’m getting to less specific as this series progresses. And why not?

I’m far too many analyses to make a single manageable table. Splitting them up makes sense. And it also highlights regional variations. Isn’t that fun?

Starting with the middle bit of the England. Which I’ve divided into the Midlands and East Anglia. For no particular reason, other than convenience. And I have to draw the lines somewhere. What’s fascinating about these two sets is how different they are. It tells us that Mild had considerable regional variations.

Starting with the colour. All the East Anglian Milds are dark, with the exception of the one from Grays. The average, just over 80, is well in dark brown territory. While the Midlands Milds are, except for Offiler’s, in the twilight zone between pale and dark. Significantly, that’s the only example from the East Midlands. The average of 45.9 is well short of dark brown.

There’s a big difference between the gravities, too. Remove Tollemache from the East Anglian set and the remainders are weaker than every Midlands Mild, except Offiler’s. The average ABV of the Midlands set it 0.75% higher than the East Anglian ones.

Both sets have high rates of attenuation, but it’s particularly high for the Midlands. Note that the FG’s are very similar for the two sets, despite the much higher average OG for the Midlands.

What have we learned? That in the West Midlands they liked their Mild strong but quite pale. While in East Anglia they preferred it weaker and darker.



East Anglia and Midlands Mild Ale 1950 - 1953


Year
Brewer
Beer
Price per pint d
Acidity
OG
FG
ABV
App. Atten-uation
colour


1950
Grays
X
11

1029.1



56


1950
Lacons
X
12

1032.7



100


1951
Lacons
Mild Ale
14
0.04
1031.4
1006.9
3.18
78.03%
65


1951
Lacons
X
13

1034.4



88


1951
Morgans
Mild Ale
14
0.04
1032.4
1007.2
3.27
77.78%
65


1951
Ridley
Mild Ale
13
0.06
1030.3
1004.9
3.30
83.83%
70


1951
Tollemache
Mild Ale
14
0.04
1028.7
1005.6
3.00
80.49%
60


1951
Wells & Winch
Mild Ale
14
0.05
1029.3
1008.6
2.68
70.65%
80


1951
Young Crawshay
Mild Ale
14
0.06
1031.2
1003.7
3.58
88.14%
70


1952
Lacons
X
14

1031.9



92


1953
Tollemache
X
16

1037.7



144



Average

13.5
0.05
1031.7
1006.2
3.17
79.82%
80.9


1950
Ansell
Mild Ale
13
0.04
1034.8
1005.2
3.85
85.06%
50


1950
Bass, Burton
Mild Ale
15
0.07
1041.4
1008
4.34
80.68%
40.1


1950
Mitchell & Butler
Mild Ale
13
0.04
1034.6
1005.4
3.80
84.39%
37


1950
Mitchell & Butler
Mild Ale
17
0.05
1034.5
1003.8
4.00
88.99%
38


1950
Mitchell & Butler
X
15

1038.4



41


1950
Offilers
Mild Ale
13
0.06
1031.2
1004.7
3.45
84.94%
70


1951
Ansell
Mild Ale
15
0.07
1038.3
1005.7
4.25
85.12%
45



Average

14.4
0.06
1036.2
1005.5
3.95
84.86%
45.9


Sources:


Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/002.


Truman Gravity Book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number B/THB/C/252



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