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I'm sure I mentioned my visit to Wolverhampton Archives. I went there to look at the brewing records they have for Thomas Russell. Here's my first report on the beers they brewed.

It may also be my last report on their beers. Because, frustratingly, two of the three logs lack much basic information. Little things like the gravity and the quantity brewed. The 1930's log isn't much better, but I can at least work out the gravity from the gyle information.

Then there are the beers themselves. Not the most inspiring. Basically five different strengths of the same one. They're even worse than Whitbread in the 1840's. Russell had a single recipe: pale malt, two types of sugar, couple of types of hops. The recipe could easily date from 50 years previously, it's so simple. There's only one even vaguely interesting thing about them: the use of Saaz hops.

It's odd that. I keep coming across Saaz hops. William Younger seem to have been keen on them, too. But no doubt you'll be hearing more about that soon, when Kristen has worked his magic with their logs.

Styles. I've just guessed that the imaginatively-named, A, AB and C were sold as Milds. I could be wrong, but I doubt it. The Black Country was Mild country (it still is to some extent). They might not have brewed a Bitter, but they had to be brewing Mild.

Here they are then.




Thomas Russell, Great Western Brewery, Wolverhampton


Date
Year
Beer
Style
OG
lbs hops/ qtr
hops lb/brl
barrels
lbs hops
qtrs malt
boil time (hours)
boil time (hours)
Pitch temp


1st Aug
1930
No. 4
Strong Ale
1063.7
7.11
1.67
4
64
9
2
2
59º


1st Aug
1930
PA
Pale Ale
1052.6
7.11
1.38
20
64
9
2
2
59º


1st Aug
1930
A
Mild
1045.4
7.11
1.19
25
64
9
2
2
59º


5th Aug
1930
C
Mild
1039.7
6.00
0.87
12
48
8
2
2
59º


8th Aug
1930
AB
Mild
1034.4
6.00
0.88
3.5
48
8
2
2
59º


Source:


Document number DB-10/5 held at the Wolverhampton Archives




One other point. There were two worts. The Strong Ale was 100% the strong wort. As the gravity of this varied a bit between different brews, the strength wasn't constant.

I've used a William Butler's label for a couple of reasons. I can't find any Thomas Russell labels. And it was Butler who bought Russell in 1932.https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5445569787371915337-173941436245480561?l=barclayperkins.blogspot.com


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