Friday, 28 December 2007

Mild 1949-1950

I'm not being deliberately obscure. The nature of this blog - realting what I've unearthed - means that it's bound to get a bit too specific for most folks at times. Not that that's going to stop me.

It would be hard to think of a less dull title than "Mild 1949-1950". But I think you'll find the material is ground-breaking. At least in the understanding of draught Mild in England. Around 1950. A topic everyone is interested in, surely?

Here go the figures.

I'm impressed by the high degree of attenuation and how much alcohol they squeezed out of meagre gravities. 4% ABV from an OG of 1035? Pretty good going.

The three beers with the lowest OG, 1027.7, were all from breweries in East Anglia. Most of the rest were from the West Midlands or the South West. Both regions had plenty of Milds over 3.5% ABV.

For comparison, here are some London Milds from the same period.

Note that they are generally weaker than those from the midlands, except for the odd Best Mild. 14 of the 23 are under 3% ABV.


Edmund said...

At these FGs some of these must have had all the mouthfeel of water. I can imagine them being good summer drinks, though.

Ron Pattinson said...

A lot of today's Milds won't have that different specs. I've always thought of Mild as a year-round drink.

Edmund said...

In terms of FG...well, the current CBOB is only about 70% attenuated (3.2%, OG 1034) and, at least to my knowledge, there's nothing produced below 2.9% or so in the UK and what is is only 70% attenuated or so.

Ron Pattinson said...

What about Tetley's Dark Mild ? 1031 and 3.2% ABV. I make that 81% attenuation. Or Jennings Mild - 1031, 3.1% ABV, 80% attenuation. Mansfield Dark Mild - 1035, 3.5% ABV, 80% attenuation. Belhaven 60/- - 1030, 2.9% ABV, 77% attenuation.