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I continue to lumber my way through the details of various AKs that I've found over the years. I've just discovered another one that I've totally untapped: Kidd AK. Which is a weird one because it only appeared after WW I. I've just never extracted the data from Kidd's post-war records.

More of that later. We're here to discuss Crowley AK. More specifically, its grists during the years of WW I. That's yet another double obsession hit: AK and WW I. Is it me who's lucky or you? MAybe it's both of us.

At least Crowly's version is a bit more interesting than the last lot of Fullers AK we lookd at. No shock there, as the table covers war years. Always lots going on then. At least in terems of gravity. Which, as you can see, dropped steadil until the summer of 1918, after which it rose again. Though it still ended lower than in 1914. 24% lower, to be precise.

Crowley's beers, though not all-malt before the war, certainly contained a high percentage of malt. In the case of AK, at least 90%. During the later war years, it really did go al malt. Probably because they were having trouble getting the type of sugar they wanted.

CDM stands for Caramelised Dextro-Maltose, in case you're wondering. It's a sugar that was used for colouring purposes. Not sure what Laevuline is, but Laevulose is an old name for fructose. I suspect that it's either fructose or something similar.

Odd that Crowly threw some choclate malt in the grist in late 1918. I assume that was for colouring purposes.



Crowley AK grists 1914 - 1919


Date
Year
OG
pale malt
chocolate Malt
No. 3 sugar
CDM
laevuline


16th Jun
1914
1047.1
92.59%

7.41%




7th Jan
1915
1045.7
91.46%

8.54%




7th Jan
1916
1042.9
89.29%

7.14%
1.19%
2.38%


13th Jan
1916
1041.6
90.36%

7.23%

2.41%


22nd May
1917
1033.2
92.02%

6.13%

1.84%


10th Jul
1917
1036.0
100.00%






1st Jan
1918
1033.2
100.00%






4th Jun
1918
1030.5
98.36%


1.64%



23rd July
1918
1027.7
100.00%






26th Sep
1918
1030.5
96.39%
3.61%





12th Feb
1919
1034.6
100.00%






12th May
1919
1036.0
100.00%






Source:


Brewing record held at Hampshire Archives and Local Studies, document number 37M86/2.






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