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Some Scottish historians theorize that Charles Stuart didn't flee Scotland after the failed 1745 uprising; instead, he had a few too many Wee Heavies in the Outer Hebrides and then just sort of woke up in France. History may keep her secrets, but you can share the experience of a Wee Heavy. There's a little Jacobite Revolution in every bottle. These are the very strongest of all Scottish ales, with a garnet-brown hue, profound maltiness and high alcohol content. Our Wee Heavy showcases complex toffee and vinous notes and a restrained hop character. Best imbibed in small doses, this kit continues to develop with age and is great for cellaring. Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Scottish Wee Heavy Extract Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style British Original Gravity 1083 Total Time to Make 3 months
4.4 / 5.019 ReviewsAged in Baby Bourbon BarrelI brewed this kit per the instructions but transferred from the secondary to a 5 gallon oak Baby Bourbon barrel I picked up at a local distillery. Kept it in there for the last 5 weeks and all I, and anyone who tasted it can say is....AMAZING! I've brewed 40 brews in the little over 2 years since I started and without question my best yet!December 26, 2013Learning ExperienceInstructions should have said that a blow off tube should have been used instead of an airlock. Second morning I found that the air lock and the plug had been blown off. The amount CO2 coming off the fermentation was tremendous. I installed a blow off tube and the bubbling was continuous. Won’t be able to comment on the taste and quality of the ale for at least a month and a half.January 12, 2016Be Patient with this oneI brewed this over the Summer and followed the directions provided except the priming sugar. for that, I used the amount suggested by the calculator on the NB website. I used the Wyeast 1728 with a starter. A couple weeks after bottling I tried it and it was nearly flat. I thought that after the 4 weeks secondary perhaps there wasn't enough viable yeast. I was wrong. After 4-6 weeks in the bottle, it carbed up nicely. It still has a pretty sweet finish / edge to it. For my personal tastes, I wish it would have fermented down a little more. But, it is still good and the girlfriend loves the caramel flavor.November 23, 2015Awesome brew!I made this kit last November and of all the kits I have bought, this is my favorite...even better than the Dead Ringer. It had lots of ABV but the taste was amazing...I am ordering it up again!February 18, 2016Incredible with time!Just found a bottle of this that I brewed almost two years ago. Wow! (I'm surprised that one was left because I really enjoyed it after 6 months). The extra cellaring really worked wonders. Gone is the little bit of extra sweetness and the flavors have really melded nicely. It's now a world class Wee Heavy!July 31, 2014I already know it is a winner!You can always tell that a beer kit is going to be extraordinary when, you taste it after the first week right out of the primary fermenter. The flavor is good even in its green, raw, non-carbonated state. By the time X'mas rolls around it should be pretty damn good. The addition of the Edinburgh Ale White Labs yeast, shouldn't hurt either. This is one I would like to oak keg age, for about 6 months sometime.October 29, 2015Not quite done yetIt’s in secondary now… I’ll have to wait a couple months for this one, but I’m confident it’ll be fantastic. Quality ingredients… Made a yeast starter, violent but beautiful fermentation. When I transferred into secondary, a couple days later it turned a brilliant ruby color. Samples taste good (considering it isn’t done).January 24, 2016Yummy!I have been brewing for about two years and this is by far my wife and my favorite beer. We love the warming feeling after having just one.December 20, 2015Liquid perfectionBottled this back in mid February. After 3 months it keeps getting better and better! I only have 8 bombers left, better protect them with my life. I compare it to Moylan;s Kilt Lifter - not as dry with the mouthfeel, but packs a boozy punch!June 16, 2016Scottish WeeJust came out of primary after almost three weeks. Looks robust. Will secondary for at least 2 months before bottling. If it's half a good as bourbon barrel Porter then I will be happy.March 2, 2016
Browse 5 questions Browse 5 questions and 11 answersThis is my first Wee Heavy and only by 3rd home brew. In my primary fermenter I only added the one packet of dry yeast, without a Yeast Started as I did not realize it was needed until too late as it is not in the directions. If I only started yesterday, should I use a second yeast pack to ensure I get proper fermentation? Is there a point when it would be too late to add? Thanks for the help!If I use dry yeast do I need a starter or do I just dump the packet into the wort?BEST ANSWER: The yeast package or the data sheet for the yeast (which you can find online) will tell you the best way(s) to pitch the yeast. From my knothole, I always use Danstar Nottingham yeast, let it hydrate in 100 ml of water for 15 minutes and then pitch it into the wort. We usually get Kraeusen (sp?) in 24 to 36 hours; less in summer.This is my first time brewing with a starter and I have a question that I'm sure is simple. How much starter should I use? I've read you can use one can for a 5 gallon batch with anything below 1.07 OG, but nothing I've read says anything above that OG. Should I use 2? If someone has a yeast calculator that is very newb friendly I would be very grateful as I've looked at a few online and honestly I don't know quite a few of the things they require. Thanks guys! Looking forward to a fun brew this weekend!BEST ANSWER: Most yeast calculators will require the mfg date of the yeast but otherwise should be pretty straightforward. However, if you are using Fast Pitch and your yeast is within a couple months of the mfg date, then one can for 1.070 is a pretty good estimate. Over that and you would want to use two cans.Assuming OG was around 1.083 what should be the expected final gravity? (FYI used Wyeast 1728 Scottish Ale)BEST ANSWER: It should finish near 1.022-1.024, with Wyeast 1728, given an attentuation of approx 71%. That would make it about 7.7% ABV. -Mike W, Northern Brewerwhat is the ABV of this beerBEST ANSWER: Mine is still brewing but og was 1.082 and after a week it was down to 1.017 so at this point I would say it will end up around 10% give or tale a wee bit lol.