Ever wondered what old-time American IPA was like? Go on. You must have. Your wish has been granted. Sort of.
In Bill Schwarz's papers there were a couple of other recipes. Most notably, one for something called Indian Pale Ale. There's no indication of a date or even of the brewery. My guess is that it's from around the same period as the dated items. So 1940's.
Take a look:
Nice detailed mashing instructions. But unfortunately there's one piece of information missing: the hopping.
The gravity is given: 17 Balling. Which is around 1068º. Quite a bit stronger than the Lager. Could explain why Americans think IPA is a strong beer.
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