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Strong Scotch Ale (wee heavy) Extract Recipe Kit

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The strongest of the Scottish ales, a strong Scotch ale is also known as wee heavy. This is a big malty beer with complex flavor. There is residual malt sweetness, with toasty notes of toffee and dark fruits like plums and raisins. At over 8.5% ABV, it is potent, rich, and rewarding. This is a beer to age and enjoy over several seasons. For best results, order two packages of dry yeast or 3 packages of liquid yeast, or make a yeast starter. 

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Strong Scotch Ale - Extract Recipe Kit Instructions

Style Overview: 
Similar to the three styles of English Bitter Ales, the Scottish style of ales can be broken down into three categories: Light, Heavy and Export. Wort caramelization is achieved by a long boil, which also creates higher levels of unfermentable sugars, giving Scottish Ales a deep amber-to-brown color and a rich, malty palate. Hop characteristics are traditionally light, as to emphasis the malt character of the style. Try a Scottish Ale today! 

General Info: 

  • Batch Size: 5 Gallons
  • Mash at 154ºF
  • Ferment at 62-68ºF
  • Est. Original Gravity: 1.089 SG
  • Est. Final Gravity: 1.025 SG
  • Est. Alcohol by Volume: 8.5%
  • Bitterness: 27 IBUs
  • Est. Color: 23 SRM

Malts and Adjuncts: 

  • Pale LME
  • Caramel 60L
  • Light Munich
  • Caramel 120L
  • Chocolate
  • Roasted Barley


  • East Kent Golding Hop Pellets

1 Review

  • 5
    Deep end of day Scottish Ale

    Posted by Rico on Oct 23rd 2018

    Fun to brew.
    I went with a 90 minute boil (hops were still added for 60min), and separately reduced 3 cups pulled after first extract addition in a small pot.
    Added reduced wort back into main boil just before second and final extract addition on flame out.

    This made for a much richer deeper ale, and was worth the extra time and separate wort reduction/reintroduction.
    Brought the ABV up higher but still balanced in flavor.
    Just makes it an end of the day brew.