I've been quiet about Scottish beer for a while. There's a reason. And it's not laziness. Or running out of ideas. Quite the contrary.
Much of what's been written about Scottish beer seems dubious. Or based on supposition rather than real evidence. So I've set myself this aim: to see if I can identify any quantifiable difference between Scottish and English beers. Simple enough.
Though the idea is simple, making such a comparison is trickier. The couple of little tables comparing the odd Scottish beer with a few English beers I've posted really don't do the job. A much broader comparison is needed. Hundreds of beers. That's what I should compare. From multiple breweries. Over a period of 100 years.
It just so happens that I have the necessary information. Just not in a usable form. So I've taken on another ridiculously ambitious project. Harvesting the details from thousands of brewing records and putting them into a spreadsheet. OG, FG, hopping rate, pitching temperature and boil time. It's a lot of work. Far more than any sane person would take on. But who said I was sane?
It's going to take a while. I don't want to start making half-arsed claims before I have the facts. So you'll have to be patient. But it'll be worth the wait. Finally the truth about Scottish beer.
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