First, a general impression: those gravities look awfully low. This is before WW I, remember. The gravities of all the beers have fallen since 1896. I know, let's compare the beers from 1896 and 1911:
Only the XXX Strong Ale didn't drop in gravity, perversely going up slightly. The biggest seller - AK - saw the greatest drop in gravity, almost 12%. Though the fall was almost as great for PA and XXX.
I assume that the reason KK no longer appears in 1911 is connected with the fall in gravity of PA. Essentially PA has taken over the gravity slot formerly filled by KK.
The X is the most shocking beer. Just 1036. That's like kiddie beer for the period. I've been telling you that there was already a trend towards lower-gravity beer before WW I. This is proof. At no time in the 19th century would it have been classed as anything more than Table Beer. In fact most Table Beers were stronger.
I'm really happy to be looking outside London. The beers of the capital aren't totally typical of brewing across the country as a whole. The trend of dropping gravities in the decade before WW I isn't really visible in London.
There a bit of a gap (until the 1960's) between these and the next Eldridge Pope records I've got. Luckily I've got Whitbread's Gravity Book to fall back on. That's got a few Eldridge Pope beers from the years 1934 to 1961. We'll be turning our attention to them next time.
|Eldridge Pope beers 1911 - 1912|
|Date||Year||Beer||Style||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||lbs hops/ qtr||hops lb/brl||boil time (hours)||boil time (hours)||boil time (hours)||boil time (hours)||Pitch temp||max. fermen-tation temp||length of fermen-tation (days)|
|10th Feb||1911||Sp AK||Pale Ale||1040.2||1011.1||3.85||72.41%||8.09||1.41||2||2||2||2||60.25º||67.5º||4|
|10th Feb||1911||BAK||Pale Ale||1044.3||1012.7||4.18||71.25%||8.09||1.56||2||2||2||2||60.25º||67.75º||4|
|10th Feb||1911||AK||Pale Ale||1042.7||1011.1||4.18||74.03%||8.09||1.50||2||2||2||2||60º||67.5º||4|
|15th Feb||1911||XXXX||Strong Ale||1076.2||1024.4||6.85||68.00%||9.77||3.18||4.17||60º||79.25º||3|
|21st Feb||1911||PA||Pale Ale||1051.2||1015.5||4.73||69.73%||4.15||2.09||2||2||2||60º||67.5º||4|
|23rd Aug||1912||BAK||Pale Ale||1044.3||1013.3||4.10||70.00%||7.75||1.49||2||2.42||60º||68.5º||4|
|23rd Aug||1912||AK||Pale Ale||1042.7||1012.7||3.96||70.13%||8.22||1.48||2||2.42||60º||68.5º||4|
|27th Aug||1912||PA||Pale Ale||1051.0||1015.2||4.73||70.11%||9.61||2.08||2||2||60º||68.5º||4|
|Eldridge Pope brewing records|