Here's another poignant comment. Brewing logs often contain details of the weather. Air temperature, rain, thunderstorms. That sort of thing. This is rather more poetic description.
"Black fog all day. And like a ball enshrouded us."
It's scribbled in pencil on the log of a batch of Barclay Perkins X Ale brewed December 16th 1916.
Note that there no longer seems to be a shortage of amber malt. This brew contains both amber and crystal malt. Look closely and you might see something else of interest. Can you spot it? Here's a clue, it's to do with the prices.
OK, I'll tell you. The crystal malt was 58 shillings a quarter and the maize 62 shillings. That's right. The maize was dearer than some of the malt. In 1914, maize had been just 26 shillings a quarter and crystal malt 32 shillings.
It's a world gone mad, when adjuncts are more expensive than malt. There will be more about the price of ingredients in WW I soon. Is that a threat or a promise?
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