Wards Best Bitter

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Re: Wards Best Bitter

Post by BarnsleyBrewer » Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:07 pm

Hi Ed.
Thx for taking the time to post all the info, this will be my next 13 gallon brew with Vaux yeast


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Re: Wards Best Bitter

Post by EddtheBrew » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:30 pm

No probs mate , I'd appreciate a pic etc when it's ready ! , I'll try and get the Ward's bitter from '56 up soon , I've got to use 'the computer isn't library at the moment !!
Cheers ,and happy mashing,
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Re: Wards Best Bitter

Post by BarnsleyBrewer » Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:47 am

Hi Edd
Did you manage to find time to put Wards together?
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Re: Wards Best Bitter

Post by EddtheBrew » Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:57 pm

Hi Barnsley Brewer,
Bugger , got distracted by some West Riding records from 1892-6 ,(Henry Bentley, Eshaldwell Brewery) , thought I'd forgotten summat !! :)
I'll try and get weaving on this one today ,
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Re: Wards Best Bitter

Post by EddtheBrew » Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:40 pm

Hi Barnsley Brewer ,
Here`s my recipe for Ward`s Bitter from 1956 , hope you enjoy it ,
Cheers
Edd

Copyright : E Mather 2018
Ward`s of Sheffield : Bitter 27/09/1956
MALT :
Pale Ale Malt (M/O) 33 %
Mild Ale Malt 35 %
6 Row / Weyermann Lager Malt 9 %
Diastatic Malt Extract 3 %
SUGARS :
No 1 Invert 8¼ %
Glucose 11¾ %

Mashing : 1st Mash Heat @ Goods In - + 30 mins
148 Fahrenheit at 2.685 L/Kg
2Nd Mash Heat @ +30 - +90 Mins 154 F
@ 0.865 L/Kg
3Rd Mash Heat @ + 105 – 110 Mins 158 F
@ 1.085 L/Kg until + 135 – 140 Mins
Sparging : Should begin at TAPS + 5 – 10 Mins at 3.000 L/Kg at 165 Fahrenheit.


COPPER
A 1¾ hour boil , with the first charge@ + 15 Mins ,2Nd @ + 45 Mins , and the final charge@+75 – 80 Mins, Sugars @ + 90-95 mins
COPPER Finings : 15 g @ 90 minutes .
Allow a ¼ hour stand at Let Off , and add Hop Back additions @ + 120 mins for a ½ hour stand before cooling to pitching heat.
HOPS
Northern Brewer = 14 IBU to the first charge
Goldings = 14 IBU to the second charge
Fuggles = 3 IBU to the third charge
Goldings = 3 IBU to the third charge
HOP BACK : Fuggles 5 %
Northern Brewer 1½ %
RACKING HOPS : ON 25 Litres = 3½ g Goldings
Yeast Pitching & Fermentation
Pitch with a non square type Yorkshire strain , at 3½g (Live Barm) per litre at 59 Fahrenheit , and allow a free rise to 66 F (TOP HEAT) . Rouse 20-24 hours after pitching and every 9-10 hours until 1.010 gravity has been reached , stop fermentation by cooling to 58 F over 2 days,when the gravity should be 1.007–1.006¾.
RACKING :@ 58 F . Once the gravity has dropped as above ,add primings to bring the gravity back up to 1.010 , wait 24 hours for the primings to start work , rack and add the dry hops as directed , mature for two weeks at 52 F , and add finings 48 hours before tapping,Rolling well round and stillaging .
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Re: Wards Best Bitter

Post by BarnsleyBrewer » Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:48 pm

Thx Edd, those old brewing records look complicated... lol


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Re: Wards Best Bitter

Post by EddtheBrew » Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:30 pm

BarnsleyBrewer wrote:
Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:48 pm
Thx Edd, those old brewing records look complicated... lol


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Hi Barnsley,
Oh you're not wrong there mate , The Ward's records , apart from the Malt , Sugars and Hops qualities, are in an ashtray filling, tea caddy emptying messed up brewer's code !! .
Some breweries were pretty simple when it came to mashing (Allsopp's ) but others were just full on fruit loops with processes , and post fermentation blending ( Walker's of Warrington were buggers for this ) .
The Tennant Brothers records are pretty simple in comparison , not managed to get to Doncaster archives to photograph the Darley's of Thorne records they've got there (yet !!).
Cheers
Edd
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Re: Wards Best Bitter

Post by EddtheBrew » Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:30 pm

BarnsleyBrewer wrote:
Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:48 pm
Thx Edd, those old brewing records look complicated... lol


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Hi Barnsley,
Oh you're not wrong there mate , The Ward's records , apart from the Malt , Sugars and Hops qualities, are in an ashtray filling, tea caddy emptying messed up brewer's code !! .
Some breweries were pretty simple when it came to mashing (Allsopp's ) but others were just full on fruit loops with processes , and post fermentation blending ( Walker's of Warrington were buggers for this ) .
The Tennant Brothers records are pretty simple in comparison , not managed to get to Doncaster archives to photograph the Darley's of Thorne records they've got there (yet !!).
Cheers
Edd
"It was a woman who drove me to drink and I forgot to write and thank her ". W. C Fields

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Re: Wards Best Bitter

Post by 6470zzy » Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:34 am

I am curious as to the difference in the quantities of sugars in the Bitter recipes over the years versus malt. Which year had the greatest sugar addition? Great historical info, thanks for taking the time to share this.

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Re: Wards Best Bitter

Post by EddtheBrew » Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:15 am

Hi ,
Ooh , now for the tricky part !! , I've found that it's usually a higher % of Sugar use ( in general) before WW2 , with some breweries using up to 35-40 % sugar !! , though some brewers used sugar in some beers, and none in other beers in their range ! , EG: Walker's of Warrington were using sugars in almost All of their beers , the exceptions being their Imperial Stout (pre Great War ) and their 'E' , an IPA from the same era , and their TOP quality beers , usually above 1.070 ° or so .
Cheers
Edd
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Re: Wards Best Bitter

Post by 6470zzy » Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:34 pm

Most interesting. Cheers mate.
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