You may have noticed the odd Scottish recipe appearing in amongst those for Mild or from the 1950’s. That’s because I’ve been working on three books simultaneously: the new edition of Mild!, Victory! and Scotland! vol. II.
So far I’ve written 60 new Scottish recipes. Nothing nearly like enough. I’m aiming for at least 200. I hope that they’ll open people’s eyes to the real nature of Scottish beer. No long boils, normal fermentation temperatures and roast barley nowhere to be seen. And plenty of hops.
Younger’s No. 1 is a good example. With its three imperial shitloads of hops and ridiculously low degree of attenuation, it’s typical of strong Scottish beers of the 19th century. William Younger brewed a crazy number of crazily high-gravity beers. They had two parallel ranges of Strong Ales, one with shilling designations, the other numbered. The numbered range seem to have been inspired by the Strong Ales of Burton-on-Trent.
These are the two sets:
|William Youngers Strong Ales in 1879|
|William Younger's brewing record held at the Scottish Brewing Archive, document number WY/6/1/2/28.|
I love the simplicity of Younger’s recipes from this period: pale malt and loads of hops. The majority from the US, but some Kent hops, too. Not much more I can say, really.
I imagine the biggest challenge for you will be getting an FG that high. Though in the case of the numbered beers, the FG in the log may not be the real FG. In the case of the Shilling Ales, which were shipped in hogsheads for immediate bottling and rapid consumption, the FG probably is about right. While the numbered Ales might have been aged before sale. I simply don’t know.
|1879 William Younger No. 1|
|pale malt||22.75 lb||100.00%|
|Cluster 90 min||3.75 oz|
|Cluster 60 min||3.75 oz|
|Goldings 30 min||2.50 oz|
|Goldings dry hops||1.50 oz|
|Mash at||156º F|
|Sparge at||165º F|
|Boil time||90 minutes|
|pitching temp||57º F|
|Yeast||WLP028 Edinburgh Ale|