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03-03-2011, 07:22
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I was delighted to stumble across this little gem. It's taken from an article in "The Brewers' Journal" entitled "Forty years of Brewing".

"The writer is not nowadays in touch with the export market, but well remembers the beers he brewed for India thirty years ago, quite light in gravity, but all-malt, hops 13 lb. per quarter, and simply loaded with dry hops. Casks were not returnable, being bought outright by the contractors. So the cooperage proprietor was in clover. Beer matured for some months, good stuff then, but not sooner, for, being mashed at 153 deg. Fahr. initial, it was mawkish for long. One brewing peer, with a household name politically, had a large export business, probably not so large now. There was more money in it then, one fancies.
"The Brewers' Journal 1940" page 56.
"Thirty years ago" is in this case about 1910. Which is quite late for the India trade. In 1910 average gravity in the UK was 1052º. Just to put "quite light in gravity" into context. It seems fair to assume that this beer wouldn't have been much, if at all, above that level.

13 lbs per quarter is a fair amount of hops. About the same as in Whitbread's Export Pale Ale from 1912. That had about 14 lbs per quarter, as opposed to 9 lbs per quarter for the domestic version. "simply loaded with dry hops" sounds about right for a beer making such a long voyage.

I wonder who he means by "brewing peer"? Was a Bass or Allsopp ever made a peer?https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5445569787371915337-557466134354204127?l=barclayperkins.blogspot.com

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