My mindset has changed and now, it is time to start thinking about good early fall beers. I mean we’re in August already! This beer should be perfect for those nice cooler days to come.
This recipe is a recipe that I always seem to make once this time of year comes around. It’s just a great recipe to refresh you when those nights are no longer 85 degrees out. The recipe is a Scottish Ale recipe. For those that haven’t made a Scottish Ale before, this style of beer has an, “earthy” flavors from the hops. They are generally lighter beers to drink and are brown in color, unless you make a “Scotch Wee Heavy”.
When it comes to beer, these styles of beer (Irish, British, Scottish) are really where I thrive, I enjoy making these styles. In general you’ll see that those styles have a simplistic approach for hop infusions as well as grains that are in the recipe. Maybe the reason why I enjoy these beers so much is because I view brewing very much like cooking, less is more. Trust me when I say, you won’t find anything to complicated about this beer. For all-grain brewers check out our conversion chart and us M.O for the grain.
8 oz 60L
2 oz Black patent
7.25 lbs Golden Light LME
1.5 oz Fuggle (60min)
.5 oz Fuggle (10min)
.5 oz East Kent Goldings (10min)
- Heat 2.5 gallons of water up to 150 degrees
- Take grains, put in steeping bag and steep for 30 minutes
- Pull grains out, don’t ring bag - discard bag.
- Add malt extract, bring to boil
- In begining of the boil add 1.5 oz Fuggle hops
- Boil for 50 min
- Add .5 oz Fuggle Hops and .5 oz East Kent Golding hops.
- Boil for 10 min
- End boil, cool down, put in fermenter, fill up to 5 gallons and pitch yeast
Ferment it in Primary for 7-14 days
Bottle and let it sit in bottle for 21 days.
This beer has those earthy hops that I love, Goldings and Fuggles. The black pat changes the flavor just a bit, but at such a low amount it really doesn’t take over the beer. With the crystal malt added to the beer, it makes it a bit darker as well as beefs up the sweetness. Overall this is a really good well-balanced beer. If you wanted to have a smokey flavor to it, I would add 1-2 oz of Peated smoked malt to it. Don’t go higher than 4 oz of peated smoke malt, it’s a malt that a little goes a long way.
Hope you enjoy!