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You may be wondering about my current Milk Stout obsession. Why? Would seem a logical question.

It's because I'm on my travels. Not as I write this, but as you read it. I'll be in Michigan when this is published, a couple of days into my Macbeth tour. I've no idea when I'm away if I'll have either the time or the inclination to write blog posts. So I write them all before I leave. Enough to have me covered until a couple of days after I return. Having a theme saves me the trouble of thinking up post ideas.

Lots more lovely Milk Stouts. Though they're still a bit all over the shop, varying in OG from 1036º to 1066º. Which is pretty much identical to the last set. Except top dog this time is William Younger. I published a recipe for 1939 William Younger Btlg DBS and remarked it didn't look like the usual idea of a Milk Stout. I'm heartened to see that it clearly was marketed as a Milk Stout, because it's a perfect match for the two examples in the table.

You can see that the gravity of Mackeson has fallen a little, from 1060º in 1929 to 1056º in 1939. While at the same time the FG has risen from 1020º to 1025º, reducing the attenuation from 66% to 55%. The conclusion must be that it was becoming sweeter. The ABV also dropped from 5.2% to 4%. I don't think I would have appreciated that.

The most significant change is in the average rate of attenution, which has fallen from 64% to 61%. It looks to me as if Milk Stout in general was getting sweeter. Something I suspect will be confirmed when we look at Milk Stouts during and after WW II. There's another couple of posts mapped out.




Milk Stout 1938 - 1939


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


1938
Barclay Perkins
Milk Stout
6
1048.6
1019.2
3.79
60.49%
325


1938
Bernard
Milk Stout
9
1057
1013.6
5.65
76.14%
320


1938
Birkenhead Brewery
Milk Stout

1057.9
1020.9
4.78
63.90%
320


1938
Brickwoods
Milk Stout
10
1052.6
1016.2
4.72
69.20%
330


1938
Fullers
Milk Stout
8
1045.5
1020.4
3.23
55.16%



1938
Gilmour
Milk Stout
9
1047.4
1014.5
4.26
69.41%



1938
Hydes
Milk Stout
9
1052.4
1016.5
4.65
68.51%
225


1938
John Smith
Milk Stout

1047.9
1016
4.13
66.60%



1938
Mackeson
Milk Stout

1056.5
1025.5
3.99
54.87%



1938
Mackeson
Milk Stout

1058.25
1026.75
4.05
54.08%



1938
Richdale, John
Milk Stout
9
1045.1
1017.2
3.60
61.86%
320


1938
Stone, Wm.
Milk Stout

1055.4
1027.6
3.57
50.18%



1938
Truman
Milk Stout

1047.1
1021
3.36
55.41%



1938
Watney
Milk Stout
9.5
1048.6
1020.2
3.66
58.44%



1938
Watney
Milk Stout
10
1050.5
1025.3
3.23
49.90%
175


1939
Barclay Perkins
Milk Stout
9
1049.2
1020.2
3.74
58.94%
320


1939
Calder Alloa
Milk Stout
10
1052.5
1021
4.06
60.00%



1939
Kemp Town
Milk Stout
9
1046.8
1015.7
4.02
66.45%
200


1939
Leicester Brewing & Malting Co.
Milk Stout
11
1040.3
1011.5
3.73
71.46%
200


1939
Lovibond
Milk Stout

1051.9
1019.4
4.20
62.62%
425


1939
Mackeson
Milk Stout
12
1056
1025
3.99
55.36%



1939
Ridley
Milk Stout

1049.2
1020.2
3.74
58.94%
330


1939
Tamplin
Milk Stout

1036
1011.5
3.17
68.06%
225


1939
Taylor Walker
Milk Stout
10
1061.1
1031
3.86
49.26%
800


1939
Truman
Milk Stout
9.5
1047.7
1022
3.31
53.88%
250


1939
Truman
Milk Stout
9.5
1045.7
1020.1
3.30
56.02%
275


1939
Warwick & Richardson
Milk Stout

1052.4
1021.2
4.02
59.54%
300


1939
Watney
Milk Stout
10
1050.3
1024.5
3.31
51.29%
175


1939
Wm. Younger
Milk Stout (Monk Export Brand)

1065.8
1023.9
5.42
63.68%
500


1939
Wm. Younger
Milk Stout
12
1065.5
1019
6.04
70.99%




Average

9.6
1051.4
1020.2
4.02
60.70%
316.6


Sources:


Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001.


Thomas Usher Gravity Book document TU/6/11 held at the Scottish Brewing Archive.





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