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Melanie Scotch Ale

wee heavy homebrew clone recipe

What’s in a name?

We are proud to have brewed this in the memory of the mother of one of Schoolhouse’s close friends, Toby.  “Melanie was eccentric and radical. She loved bagpipes, step dancing, and Scotch. But most of all, she loved being a mother.”  We raise our classes in her honor.  Slàinte mhath

Schoolhouse’s Take on this Style

Scottish-style ales vary depending on strength and flavor, but in general, retain a malt-forward character with some degree of caramel-like malt flavors and a soft and chewy mouthfeel.  Here at Schoolhouse we decided to take this style up a notch with the use of chocolate malts.  The flavors get rounded out with nice hints of dark cocoa nib and a touch of smoke.  This is definitely a beer you want if you love classic styles

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Melanie Scotch Ale


  • Author: tmonti
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 240 min
  • Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5 gal 1x

Description

Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy


Ingredients

Scale

Grains

14 lbs 12oz Golden Promise*

1 lb Acidulated Malt

5 oz Carafa Special III Malt

Hops

1oz East Kent Golding (60 Min)

1oz East Kent Golding (30 Min)

1oz East Kent Golding (Flame Out)

Yeast

Safale US-05

*Extract Sub

13.2 lb Golden Light LME

1 lb Golden Light DME

Some substitutions may be used due to product availability


Instructions

All-Grain

  1. Mash in with 5.05 gallons of water at 168.2 Degrees F (1hour)*
  2. Sparge with 3.7 gallons of water at 168 Degrees F*
  3. Bring to boil
  4. Boil for 1 hour
  5. Add 1 oz East Kent Golding 60 mins
  6. Add 1 oz East Kent Golding 15 min
  7. Add 1 oz East Kent Golding Flame Out
  8. Cool wort to 68 Degrees F as quickly as possible**
  9. Add Yeast 
  10. Ferment for 21 days (if you secondary ferment transfer at day 7)
  11. Add 4 oz of priming sugar to beer and bottle
  12. Age in bottles for approximately 7 days
  13. Drink and repeat often

Extract Notes:

*Steep grains for 30 min in 3 gallons of water at 155F.  Remove steeping grains and begin heating to a boil.   At boiling point, remove from heat and add extract.  Mix thoroughly.  Return to heat and boil for 60 min.

**Top off to 5 gallons with water. 

Notes

EST OG 1.096

EST FG 1.026

EST ABV 9.5%

all kits include a muslin bag, priming sugar, caps, and all ingredients aforementioned. 

  • Category: Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy

Keywords: Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy

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Scottish Ale Tasting Notes (BJCP 2015)

Appearance

Light copper to dark brown color, often with deep ruby highlights. Clear. Usually has a large tan head, which may not persist. Legs may be evident in stronger versions.

Aroma

Deeply malty, with a strong caramel component. Lightly smoky secondary aromas may also be present, adding complexity; peat smoke is inappropriate. Diacetyl should be low to none. Low to moderate esters and alcohol are often present in stronger versions. Hops are very low to none, and can be slightly earthy or floral.

Flavor

Richly malty with significant caramel (particularly in stronger versions). Hints of roasted malt may be present (sometimes perceived as a faint smoke character), as may some nutty character, all of which may last into the finish. Peat smoke is inappropriate. Hop flavors and bitterness are low to medium-low, so the malt presence should dominate the balance. Diacetyl should be low to none. Low to moderate esters and alcohol are usually present. Esters may suggest plums, raisins or dried fruit. The palate is usually full and sweet, but the finish may be sweet to medium-dry, sometimes with a light roasty-grainy note.

Richly malty with significant caramel (particularly in stronger versions). Hints of roasted malt may be present (sometimes perceived as a faint smoke character), as may some nutty character, all of which may last into the finish. Peat smoke is inappropriate. Hop flavors and bitterness are low to medium-low, so the malt presence should dominate the balance. Diacetyl should be low to none. Low to moderate esters and alcohol are usually present. Esters may suggest plums, raisins or dried fruit. The palate is usually full and sweet, but the finish may be sweet to medium-dry, sometimes with a light roasty-grainy note.

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Thomas Monti

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