Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Let's brew Scottish Beer!

Eight Ace has taught me one thing. Beer talks louder than words. Louder even than really shouty words. Screamed by a psycopath.

Which is what I've been taken for after one of my Scottish rants. Use the words "Scotland" and "beer" in the same sentence and my kids dash screaming to their rooms. "Run, Lexie, run. Dad's going to explain Shilling Ales again."

The time for explaining and even shouting is done. Beer can talk for itself. Time for Scottish beer to come in, sit down and have a chat.

Liquid arguments. That's what I'm after. Bottle bullets.

Brew our Scottish recipes*. Professionals and homebrewers. Let's brew Scottish beer and see what it effing tastes like. I can't be the only one that's curious.







* I can provide other recipes on request.

13 comments:

Jeremy said...

Bring the other recipes on! I for one have had my Scottish-beer-world turned upside down in the last few months because of you. Thank you for it. Brewing the Younger DBS this week and can't wait. Younger #3 export is on the docket for the weekend. Can't get enough of these. I love the opportunity they give to rant about Scottish beer myths as well. Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Hello. I just read your article in beer advocate about brown ales... I brew beer at the Ship Inn in Milford, NJ, we are a small English pub and I have recently developed an interest in brown ales. I developed a recipe based on a mild and created a good brown we call Muddy Waters. The response was overwhelming and we like to keep it rotation now as one of our cask beers. I would love to speak to you more about brown ales and pick your brain :) my email is redspooncatering@gmail.com. Please feel free to contact me when you have a free moment, or if your ever in the area comeon in and have a pint with me. Thank you.

Dominic, Thornbridge Brewery said...

Yup, the Youngers No.3 is definitely on the cards when I get these exams out of the way.

Speaking of which, I really didn't need to spend hours googling 'Catherine the Great Imperial Porter' and other such variations. I'm trying to revise. One finds something like this http://allaboutbeer.com/learn-beer/history/2002/03/imperial-russian-stout/ and you end you going round in circles.

Andrew said...

I'll brew whatever you post tomorrow! Wednesday is my new favorite day of the week. As long as I don't have to make any more invert sugar. What a bloody pain in the ass that is. I'd also love to see some scottish recipes that focus on hops other than saaz.

Ron Pattinson said...

Dominic, there's not much wrong in that article. Just saying Thrale's brewed in 1796. When the brewery had been Barclay Perkins since 1781. And that Perkins was also a banker.

And 24 pounds of hops per barrel, 4 times the normal amount. 10.43 is the most I've seen in the records. Which is really, really crazy.

Ed said...

The one I'm tempted to brew if you have any more details is the Twelve Guinea Ale with the OG of 1.159 and FG of 1.068. Only on the home brew kit mind!

Martyn Cornell said...

Well, to be strictly accurate, the brewery continued to be known officially as H Thrale & Company for four years after the sale to the Barclay Perkins partnership in 1781, until all the purchase money was paid: so it wasn't Barclay, Perkins & Co until 1785. (A Draught of Contentment, page 65). And the famous quote from John Farington (whose name A Draught of Contentment spells wrongly, and which the OCB gets right, hurrah!) about the porter "specially brewed for the Empress of Russia" still calls it "Thrale's Brewhouse" even though the date of the diary entry is 1796. So Rog is only repeating Farington 206 years earlier in saying it was "Thrale's" sold the porter to Catherine.

Ron Pattinson said...

Martyn, how dare you call me a fool, a liar and a charlatan?

1781? 1785? - it's all just a matter of interpretation.

beerandlentils said...

I'm a long time reader, but never post comments.I am going to back Andrew and say that I will brew whatever recipe you post next. The older the recipe the better, bring it on.

Korev said...

A Younger XP recipe for me please - I tasted a Rogue Youngers XP in San Fransisco and would like the recipe for what tasted like a strong malty beer. Happy to do on a home brew scale Cheers

Martyn Cornell said...

I know, Ron, I'm just intemperate and inconsiderate.

iain m said...

hi -bottled the Younger's 1868 XP on Saturdayand it's clearing slowly as it conditions. It's a very pale IPA - lager like. I'll let you know how it turns out in a week or so...

Please keep the recipes coming!

Tyler said...

I am most definitely brewing your Scottish recipes! And YES, I most definitely want more to choose from. They are great and I will post notes on the brew if you like.