Another in our historical series of X ales: Lovibonds brewery 1864. This very early recipe is getting closer to the genesis of the beer. An uncomplicated and typical of the time grain bill; compromising only one malt. Kent and US hops through the boil with no dry hop addition. A high finishing gravity leaves a reasonably sweet and moreish beer. Pale in colour, this is a classic provincial Mild of the time. We've just packaged this beer and it smells unusually like Christmas; nutmeg first then almond and orange zest. We're really looking forward to its release in November.
We chose this beer to blend with the Wiper and True barley wine (keeping ale) they very kindly sent us; revisiting the XK blend we had on at this years LCBF. The blend was packaged into a very small number of kegs and a larger amount of 750ml bottles due for a Christmas release, hopefully with events both here in London and in Bristol.
It was fun to look through Wiper and True's recipe for the Barley wine. I'm a big fan of their beers, so I was interested to see how they approached it. A much more complex malt bill than we would usually use and one very unusual (non malt or hop) I thought quite genius addition to the recipe. I’m not sure it's my place to reveal what it is, but we'll put more up about the blend closer to it's release.
The recipe for the X ale can be found below. This was taken from the fantastic Mild! by Ron Pattinson book. We made a few adjustments, trying to keep as close as possible to the original beer, whilst taking into account the modern ingredients and processes we have available. The yeast we use on all our X ales is the old McEwans strain passed through a few other breweries to us. The last being my previous workplace Redemption Brewing in Tottenham. Thanks Andy!
Batch Size (L): 2000.0
Total Grain (kg): 400.000
Total Hops (g): 5600.00
Original Gravity (OG): 1.056(°P): 13.8
Final Gravity (FG): 1.018(°P): 4.6
Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 5.2 %
Colour (SRM): 4.5 (EBC): 8.9
Bitterness (IBU): 25.8 (Tinseth)
Brewhouse Efficiency (%): 90
Boil Time (Minutes): 90
400.000 kg United Kingdom - Golden Promise (100%)
1000.0 g Brewer's Gold Pellet (7.4% Alpha) @ 90 Minutes (Boil) (0.5 g/L)
1000.0 g Willamette Pellet (5.4% Alpha) @ 90 Minutes (Boil) (0.5 g/L)
800.0 g Brewer's Gold Pellet (7.4% Alpha) @ 30 Minutes (Boil) (0.4 g/L)
800.0 g Willamette Pellet (5.4% Alpha) @ 30 Minutes (Boil) (0.4 g/L)
1000.0 g Brewer's Gold Pellet (7.4% Alpha) @ 0 Minutes (Boil) (0.5 g/L)
1000.0 g Willamette Pellet (5.4% Alpha) @ 0 Minutes (Boil) (0.5 g/L)
350g Gypsum, 280g Sodium Chloride, 2L AMS
Single step Infusion at 74°C for 60 Minutes.
Yeast pitched at 18C and capped at 23C - House strain.