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Deciding what does and doesn’t count as a Mild Ale in Scotland can be difficult. Unless the brewer was helpful enough to actually call the beer Mild.

Especially when, as at William Younger, the same brew would receive a Shilling or X designation depending on how it was packaged. One batch could magically become both 60/- and X at racking time. Anything filled into hogsheads and intended for bottling had a Shilling name, while what went into barrels for sale on draught had an X name.

There’s not much to say about the recipe, it being just pale malt and Goldings. One salient point about the process should be mentioned: the short boil. Contemporary London X Ales were very similar in other respects – OG and hopping rate – but had longer boils. In the case of Whitbread, the difference was just 15 minutes, but Barclay Perkins boiled their X Ale for a whopping 3 hours.

The true level of attenuation would have been higher, 1029º being the cleansing rather than racking gravity. I’d guess that the actual FG was 1020-1025º.

1851 William Younger X Mild Ale

pale malt
16.75 lb

Goldings 75 min
3.50 oz

Goldings 30 min
3.50 oz




Apparent attenuation



Mash at
153º F

Sparge at
184º F

Boil time
75 minutes

pitching temp
57º F

WLP028 Edinburgh Ale

This recipe - and more than 350 others - can be found in my definitive book on Scottish beer:

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