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Yeah! Back at work on my next book. Slowly grinding out the words.

The trick is not to look at how much still needs to be done, but to concentrate on one small part at a time. Which at the moment is Mild. A style very dear to my heart.

There weren’t very great changes to the recipe of Adnams XX during the war. The basic grist of base malt with 5% each of amber and crystal malt barely remained unaltered. The only real change was the addition of some unmalted grains. The use of either flaked oats or flaked barley in the later years wasn’t voluntary, but dictated by the government.

Apologies for the lack of excitement there. Is it going to get any more heart-racing when we contemplate the copper additions?

No. The No.3 content drops after 1941, but then remains remarkably constant. The amount of tintose – obviously some type of caramel – increases a little, presumably to compensate colour-wise for the reduction in No. 3.

The hopping is equally dull. All English, Mostly with a combination of hops from the most recent season and the one before.

It’s an example of how the effects of the war weren’t consistent across the whole country. For the simple reason that there had been considerable regional variation before all the horribleness kicked off.





Adnams Mild Ale grists during WW II


Date
Year
OG
pale malt
amber malt
crystal malt
medium malt
flaked barley
flaked oat


20th Sep
1939
1029

4.79%
4.79%
76.62%




2nd Sept
1940
1029

4.69%
4.69%
81.34%




13th Mar
1941
1028
16.78%
6.29%
6.29%
75.52%




14th Jan
1942
1027

5.12%
5.12%
76.74%
5.12%



1st Jan
1943
1027

5.12%
5.12%
81.85%




17th Feb
1943
1027

5.12%
5.12%
76.74%
5.12%



9th Apr
1943
1027

5.12%
5.12%
71.62%

10.23%


2nd Feb
1944
1027

5.12%
5.12%
71.62%
10.23%



1st Jan
1945
1027

5.12%
5.12%
76.74%
5.12%



Sources:


Adnams brewing records held at the brewery, Books 26 to 32






Adnams Mild Ale sugars and hops during WW II


Date
Year
OG
no. 3 sugar
tintose
hops


20th Sep
1939
1029
12.77%
1.03%
English


2nd Sept
1940
1029
8.34%
0.93%
English (1938, 1939)


13th Mar
1941
1028
11.19%
0.70%
English (1939)


14th Jan
1942
1027
6.82%
1.10%
English (1940, 1941)


1st Jan
1943
1027
6.82%
1.10%
English (1941)


17th Feb
1943
1027
6.82%
1.10%
English (1941, 1942)


9th Apr
1943
1027
6.82%
1.10%
English (1941, 1942)


2nd Feb
1944
1027
6.82%
1.10%
English (1942, 1943)


1st Jan
1945
1027
6.82%
1.10%
English (1943)


Sources:


Adnams brewing records held at the brewery, Books 26 to 32





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