Saturday, 25 March 2017

Let's Brew - 1946 Tetley Mild

Here’s a beer with a very special place in my heart. Something which for seven years was about the only beer I drank.

It’s typical of a type of Mild brewed in Yorkshire, lying somewhere between pale and dark. Weirdly, all those years I drank it, I never realised that it wasn’t really that dark. More of a dark red than brown.

The effect of the war is plain to see in the grist. Flaked barley was forced on brewers as a replacement for flaked maize during hostilities. It’s interesting to see how Tetley’s adjunct usage changed over time. In 1939 it was grits, in 1941 flaked rice, in 1943 flaked oats, in 1944 flaked barley and flaked oats and in 1945 flaked barley. All mostly out of the brewer’s hands.

What I’ve interpreted as brown sugar was listed as Barbados in the brewing record. While what I’ve put down as No. 3 invert was mostly ERC with a touch of G & S. No idea what either of those were but No. 3 is probably the best substitute.

The hops were a combination of Kent and Worcester, with no mention of variety. Chances were that they were Fuggles.

Though there’s not much difference in the OG compared the version I drank, the high degree of attenuation leaves this beer about 0.6% ABV stronger. The gravity is quite high for a Mild of this period. 1027-1030º was more typical.


1946 Tetley Mild
pale malt 4.00 lb 59.26%
flaked barley 1.00 lb 14.81%
brown sugar 0.75 lb 11.11%
No. 3 invert sugar 1.00 lb 14.81%
Fuggles 120 mins 0.25 oz
Fuggles 60 mins 0.25 oz
Fuggles 30 mins 0.25 oz
OG 1034.3
FG 1005.3
ABV 3.84
Apparent attenuation 84.55%
IBU 10
SRM 9
Mash at 148º F
Sparge at 165º F
Boil time 120 minutes
pitching temp 63.75º F
Yeast Wyeast 1469 West Yorkshire Ale

5 comments:

Tandleman said...

I've got that showcard in my collection.

Edd Mather said...

The G & S was probably an admixture of glucose and sucrose added to the sacch blend, quite probably for priming at the racking stage.
The colour and abv seems pretty similar to Magee Marshall 's BB(best beer / mild).

Pierce said...

9 SRM? Was it really that light, or does it need some brewer's caramel like in the 1945 recipe on this site?

Edd Mather said...

I'd also plump for Fuggles and EKG , probably @70% Fuggles , 30% @ EKG at first charge, then reverse the proportions for second charge and finish with Ekg 65%, Fuggles 35%

Richard said...

I couldn’t call myself a Yorky and not celebrate the end of WW2 like our Grandparents did! I brewed this with a touch of scepticism mainly due to the quantity of sugar and my ability to make the invert correctly. After 2 weeks in the keg it had a slight hint of apple, after 4 it tastes sensational, so, as I’m sure they used to say, Cheers to the Allies and F* old adolph…. Thx for the recipe its a keeper…