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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 Reviewswow so very so very smooth. BUT the recommended yeast was unable to process the priming sugar given that the alcohol was already pretty high, thus yielding a very sweet and flat final product. I added a "cask yeast" able to handle high alcohol back to the bottles and eventually I had a more dry and carbonated product. .. excellent brew ( but need to be aware of yeast limits as well as your own limits.. plan on a nap after drinking two of these)September 20, 2017Purchased
1 year agoNot what I was hoping forThis came out as a very malty sweet beer, good enough with food but not something you'd drink often at all. OG 1.090, FG 1.020 with 1728. I was hoping for a more roasted flavor to come out and after 3-4 months aging it did not improve.January 24, 2017Purchased
over 2 years agoStrong Ale with Smooth FlavorI enjoyed this beer more than I thought I would. It's very smooth for being a high octane beer. Primary for 3 weeks, secondary for 3 months. Great beer!January 9, 2017Purchased
over 2 years agoBlow off tubeIt's been in the primary about a week. In my experience, a blow off tube is a must for this kit. I made a yeast starter. Pitched it around 7:00 p.m. The next morning, the bucket was under tremendous pressure, and wort was spurting through the airlock. I carefully removed to relieve pressure, and installed a blow off tube. Had I not, the lid would undoubtedly have blown off. Fermentation was very robust and vigorous. Good thing, but use a blow off tube for this kit. I'll update this review and give my final star rating once complete. But it smells fantastic. I think this one is going to end up to be a very tasty brew.September 16, 2016did not carbonate wellBrewed as outlined in directions but after bottle conditioning it did not carbonate very well. don't know what happened. tastes ok but obviously flat. not sure if I will try this one again.August 4, 2016Response from Northern BrewerHi Patrick,
Thanks for the review and sorry for the trouble. Sometimes high alcohol beers do have a tough time getting carbonated due to the stress the yeast has experienced during fermentation. It can be a good idea to add some fresh dry yeast(about 1/3 of a pack will usually do it) to the bottling bucket along with your priming sugar to help the process along. In your case, you could open each bottle and sprinkle a bit of yeast in each bottle and recap them. Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns.November 21, 2016Northern BrewerGood recipe!This was the first kit I purchased from Northern Brewer and I couldn't be any happier with taking the chance with these folks. This is an easy recipe and the results were fantastic. I go straight to keg instead of bottling and my friends were convinced I had a big name craft brewery inside my keg instead of my homebrew. I managed to get about 8.5% ABV with this recipe so it's definitely not a sessionable brew. Taste wise, it's very malty and boozy.June 26, 2016Liquid 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, 2016Low CarbonationI waited on this one before submitting a review simply because I was wanting to comment on the finished product. I gave it a month in primary and 2 in secondary, it has now been bottle conditioning for almost 2 months and still I have barely any carbonation. Flavor is nice though a little sweet for me, perhaps my yeast gave up? I still have quite a few bottles conditioning. Ill check again every couple weeks, hopefully it will get better. I have been brewing for several years and never had this issue, so i am not sure where things went south.May 31, 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, 2016Awesome 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, 2016
- Browse 6 questions Browse 6 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.I couldn't find the IBU rating for this beer. Can you tell me what it is?