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Scotland. It's my new theme. You have to theme things up every now and again. And September and Scotland both begin with the letter S.

First there will be a series of Scottish Let's Brews. Some of those much misunderstood Scottish styles, like Heavy Wee and Smoked Scotch. Maybe even a Scottish Stout, if you're lucky. Shillings or numbers - which do you prefer? There are numbers 1 to 4. Then 50/-, 60/-, 80/-, 100/-, 120/-, 140/- and 160/-. Don't ask me what the difference is between the two sets. There's a big overlap in terms of gravity. And no obvious consistent difference in the hopping. But they must exist for some reason, mustn't they? I wonder how many other brewers had five different beers over 1100ยบ?

Then I'll be applying my mighty intellect to the Scottish beer analyses I've collected. Am still collecting, almost even as we speak. Seeing if I can finally identify what makes a beer Scottish. Other than a ridiculously high gravity. Wish me luck.

To kick things off, here's a table of Scotch Ales from between the wars:



Scotch Ales 1920 - 1939


Year
Brewer
Beer
Price
size
package
Acidity
FG
OG
colour
ABV
App. Atten-uation


1920
Usher
Old Scotch Ale

pint
bottled

1026
1080.7

7.11
67.78%


1920
Usher
Old Scotch Ale

pint
bottled

1008
1078

9.24
89.74%


1920
Usher
Old Scotch Ale

pint
bottled

1022
1078

7.30
71.79%


1921
McEwan
Old Scotch Ale

pint
bottled

1028
1086

7.54
67.44%


1922
McEwan
Old Scotch Ale (ex Brussels)

pint
bottled

1025
1090

8.49
72.22%


1922
Usher
Old Scotch Ale (ex Brussels)

pint
bottled

1000
1071

9.42
100.00%


1922
Usher
Old Scotch Ale (ex Brussels)

pint
bottled

1000
1072.8

9.67
100.00%


1923
Usher
Old Scotch Ale (ex Brussels)

pint
bottled

1016
1082

8.66
80.49%


1923
Usher
Old Scotch Ale (ex Brussels)

pint
bottled

1017
1083

8.66
79.52%


1923
Usher
Old Scotch Ale (ex Brussels)

pint
bottled

1016
1082

8.66
80.49%


1925
Younger, Wm. & Co
No.1 Strong Scotch Ale
9d
half pint
bottled

1013.8
1084.7

9.34
83.71%


1925
Younger, Wm. & Co
No.3 Scotch Ale
7.5d
half pint
bottled

1009.3
1053.8

5.81
82.71%


1928
McEwan
Scotch Ale

pint
bottled

1017.2
1069.6

6.83
75.29%


1932
Younger, Wm. & Co
Scotch Ale
9d
pint
draught
0.05
1011.8
1051

5.10
76.86%


1932
Younger, Wm. & Co
Scotch Ale
9d
pint
draught

1010.2
1048

4.92
78.75%


1932
Younger, Wm. & Co
Scotch Ale
9d
pint
draught
0.07
1012.6
1050

4.86
74.80%


1933
Usher
Old Scotch Ale

pint
bottled

1022
1096

9.72
77.08%


1939
McEwan
Scotch Ale


bottled
0.13
1019.6
1086.2
4 + 40
8.73
77.26%


Sources:


Thomas Usher Gravity Book document TU/6/11


Whitbread Gravity Book




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You should notice something immediately. Two quite different beers being sold as Scotch Ale: one of 8 or 9% ABV and another of 5% ABV. Younger's ones explain it the best. The Stronger is their No. 1 Ale, the weaker No. 3 Ale. The latter being a beer which had been available, off and on, since I've been drinking. It may even still exist.

Then there are the Scotch Ales brewed for the Belgian market. There must have been money it, judging by the number of brewers involved.Including some, like John Smith, that were in, er, England.

That reminds me. I must go through more Younger's logs. In particular the ones from the 1930's and 1940's. Only had them for two years. A backlog of logs is building. Even though I've not harvested many new ones this year. So much information, so little time.https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5445569787371915337-868313683605450940?l=barclayperkins.blogspot.com


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