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15-10-2016, 07:32
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Now I’ve started I may as well finish the full set of low-gravity Shepherd Neame Pale Ales. And this is the weakest of the set.

In fact, it has the lowest gravity you’ll ever see in post-WW I beers. No-one brewed a beer below 1027º because however low the gravity was, the minimum beer duty was set at 1027º. It made no sense to make a weaker beer as you’d be paying the tax for a 1027º beer anyway. It the late 1940’s you see quite a few beers at this minimum level. Shepherd Neame had three: this, Mild and Stout.

LDA was always parti-gyled with something else. In this case BB, the one step up Pale Ale. Interestingly, this recipe is different from the single-gyle brew of BB in that it contains No. 3 invert sugar. And quite a bit of it: 20% of the grist. Which means the BB from this brew must have been darker in colour.

Or did it? Just had a closer look at the brewing record. It clearly shows that all the No. 3 was in the second copper with the weaker wort. And the BB only had 6 barrels (of 121 in total) from the second wort. Meaning the No. 3 was really only in the LDA. Ah, the joys of parti-gyling.

For some reason LDA is always written in red in the brewing books. Why is that? At first I thought it may have been because it was a bottled beer. But surely the Stout was only bottled, too. And that isn’t written in red ink. Bit of a mystery, that one. Red ink usually indicates something unusual, something that changed in that brew or something that went wrong.

There can’t have been a huge amount of drunkenness in the late 1940’s, judging by the strength of most beers. I doubt anyone over the age of 8 could get pissed on this one.

Almost forgot to tell you what style this is. It’s a Light Ale. LDA usually stands for “Light Dinner Ale” which around this time was shortened to just Light Ale.

1947 Shepherd Neame LDA

pale malt
3.75 lb

flaked barley
1.00 lb

no. 3 sugar
0.75 lb

malt extract
0.05 lb

Fuggles 120 mins
0.50 oz

Goldings 30 mins
0.50 oz




Apparent attenuation



Mash at
151º F

Sparge at
170º F

Boil time
120 minutes

pitching temp
62.75º F

a Southern English Ale yeast

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