Monday, 18 February 2013

A definition of stout

One of the books I'm currently reading is Roger Protz's The Story of Brewing in Burton on Trent. It's a fairly light weight book, but it has its moments. I particularly enjoyed this line from when he's talking about the first world war:

"Guinness said it was impossible to brew a stout at anything less than 1.042"

Sadly there's no reference but I'm pretty sure that would mean modern draught Guinness isn't a stout.

1 comment:

  1. He's just made that up, based on the strength of bottled Guinness in the 1970's. Guinness had a higher gravity than 1042 until WW II at least. Can't give the exact date because I'm on the road.