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Beer Recipes / Traquair House Ale Clone - Wee Heavy
« on: June 26, 2011, 05:11:34 PM »
Hi All...

Because I was asked to post this recipe here it is.

Traquair house Clone
(All Grain) 11 US Gallons
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This Homebrew Recipe was added by
Skotrat on November 12, 1997 at 19:50:39:
(Please contact them if you have questions about the Recipe)

Brewing Method: All Grain
Yeast: Wyeast 1728 Scottish Ale
Yeast Starter: 1/2 US gallon at High Krausen
Batch Size: 11 US Gallons
Original Gravity: 1.085
Final Gravity: 1.020
Alcohol Content: 8.64 %
Total Grains: 32.79 US Pounds
Color: 12-22 (depending on carmelization)
Extract Efficiency: 75 %
Hop IBU's: 28.6
Boiling Time: 2 hours
Primary Fermentation: 10 days @ 62f
Secondary Fermentation: 10 days @ 58f
Additional Fermentation: 2 months in brite tanks @ 45f

Grain Bill:

32.48 lb. Scottish Malting GOLDEN PROMISE PALE ALE 2 ROW (99%)
.31 lb. Roast Barley (1%)

Hop Bill:

1.57 oz. N. BREWER 6.9% 45 min
1.57 oz. N. BREWER 6.9% 35 min

Mash Schedule:

Single Step Mash:

90 minutes @ 154
10 minutes @ 168

Brewers Notes:

Yeast: WYEAST Scottish Ale

1728 Scottish Ale
Rich, smokey, peaty character ideally suited for scottish style ales, smoked beers and high gravity ales. Flocculation - high; apparent attenuation - 69-73%. (55-70�F)


Remove two gallons of first runnings and Caramelize it (boil down to about 1 pint and add back to boil). This will give the richer taste that you find in this fine beer.

Collect 15 gallons of Run-off and boil down to your 10 1/2 gallon target (the other 1/2 gallon will come from the 1/2 gallon starter of yeast slurry that you have made in advance).

Add 2-3 teaspoons of Irish Moss into the boil just because.

Traquair is the finest of all Scottish Ales. Their recipe is pretty easy and straight forward. 99% Pale Ale Malt, 1% Roasted Barley and 25-37 IBU's.

I have found this to be the common thread for this brew after reviewing about 30-40 recipes from Homebrewers that have cloned this brew.

About 1/2 of the recipes claimed that Traquair uses East Kent Goldings as the hop and the Other claim that Northern Brewer is the Hop.

I chose Northern Brewer because I am very fond of them as base hops.

I hope you like the recipe and if you brew it please let me know how it turned out and any changes that you have made.

« on: November 21, 2010, 01:48:33 AM »

Up for grabs is my well used 15.5 Gallon Stainless Steel Brew Kettle / HLT / Keggle (Whatever you choose to use it for)

This Kettle has been cut and welded with a 1/2" stainless NPT and come with a brass 1/2" ball valve with barbed fitting and internal copper drain coil.

This item has heavy duty stainless handles (the original keg handles)

I have used this kettle since 1996 with no issues. It is a great kettle with a few dings and scratches. None of which will effect your potential to brew great beer with it.

« on: November 19, 2010, 08:04:00 PM »

It is on ebay...

Help me clean out my barn!

Classifieds / Kettle and Sight glass
« on: November 10, 2010, 01:37:13 PM »

I have a couple items up on ebay

A new 13.2 gallon Kettle and a Zymico Sight Glas

Classifieds / Unloading some tap handles on ebay
« on: November 04, 2010, 04:37:15 PM »
Apologies if this is not allowed on the forum.

I will delete it if it is

I am selling some tap handles on ebay. Since I no longer have 10 beers on tap all the time I really have no use for the 100+ handles that I do not use.

If you are interested you can see them here:



Small brewers seek exemption in beer wholesalers' rights bill
By Jon Chesto

The Patriot Ledger
Posted Jul 14, 2010 @ 05:00 AM
Last update Jul 14, 2010 @ 09:33 AM

A bill aimed at protecting local beer wholesalers’ rights is brewing controversy among local craft beer companies.

The bill, which advanced in the State House earlier this month, would require a beer wholesaler to be reimbursed for the value of a lost contract if a beer brand is sold and the new owner switches wholesalers.

The legislation is supposed to protect the state’s distributors from being trampled by beer giants such as MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch InBev as the beer industry consolidates.

Current state law makes it easy for brewers to sever relationships with Massachusetts wholesalers if a change in ownership occurs, according to the Beer Distributors of Massachusetts. Many distributors get the bulk of their revenue from one beer manufacturer, and their future would be jeopardized if they were dropped.

However, Massachusetts craft brewers argue that they’ll be unfairly penalized if the Legislature passes the bill. They have been asking lawmakers to support an exemption for small brewers.

John Stasiowski, president of the Beer Distributors of Massachusetts, said the craft brewers’ language needs more time to be vetted at the State House. He said his group is willing to address the craft brewers’ concerns in a separate bill. But he worries that the exemption, if added, could flatten this bill’s chances – with the Legislature scheduled to adjourn from formal sessions on July 31.

Stasiowski said small brewers can terminate contracts with wholesalers if they show good cause that the wholesaler isn’t living up to terms in the contract. “They don’t want to go through the time and effort that’s available to them,” Stasiowski said.

But Rob Martin, owner of Mercury Brewing Co. in Ipswich, said getting out of a bad distribution contract isn’t easy for a small brewer.

“If you find that the wholesaler isn’t in fact doing a good job, in order to get out of it, typically it goes to litigation that we can’t afford,” Martin said.

Martin said the wholesalers’ bill could hurt the value of his company if he eventually retires and wants to sell it. He said it could force the new owner to honor contracts with any distributors that aren’t performing.

Drew Brosseau, founder of Mayflower Brewing Co. in Plymouth, said the system could eventually limit the availability of some craft beer brands – if lawmakers don’t approve a “carve-out” for small brewers.

The House on July 1 took a procedural step that sets up the beer distributors’ legislation for a possible floor debate.

Rep. Theodore Speliotis, the House chairman of the consumer protection committee, said his committee didn’t add the small brewers exemption to the bill out of concern that it could be viewed by a judge as an improper restraint of interstate commerce.

Lawmakers are particularly sensitive to antitrust concerns after a state wine-shipping law that included an exemption for small wineries was successfully challenged in court.

Speliotis said the craft brewers’ concerns merit more discussions. He said he’s not sure there’s enough time to address those concerns before the formal sessions end for the year.

Jon Chesto may be reached at

The Pub / New Music Site up and Running
« on: February 10, 2010, 08:35:30 PM »
Hey All you beer drinkers and hell raisers...

I have been putting together a site devoted around Guitar Gear Heads thought that I would give it a shameless plug here.

I know that there a re a million other sites like it but I was bored and would really like to give it a go...

The Site is here:



The Pub / Hey Guitar Players - Guitar RIG 4 Komplete
« on: January 24, 2010, 03:03:50 PM »
Hey all...

Anyone using GUITAR RIG?



The Pub / Hey Guitar Players...
« on: November 16, 2009, 03:38:19 PM »
Let's see your Rigs!

Because I know that you are out there...

Beer Recipes / Gennesee My Butt!
« on: November 04, 2009, 11:04:26 PM »
My 2000 AHA Big Brew Recipe.

Thanks to the AHA for picking one of my recipes for such a great occasion

Gennesee My Butt!

(All Grain) 15.5 US Gallons

This Homebrew Recipe was added by
Skotrat on April 16, 1999 at 11:03:52:
(Please contact them if you have questions about the Recipe)

Brewing Method: All Grain
Yeast: WYEAST 2035
Yeast Starter: 1/2 gallon
Batch Size: 15.5 US Gallons
Original Gravity: 1.049
Final Gravity: 1.010
Alcohol Content: 4.5-5.0 %
Total Grains: 30
Color: 4.4
Extract Efficiency: 75 %
Hop IBU's: 22.9
Boiling Time: 70 minutes
Primary Fermentation: 7 days at 62f
Secondary Fermentation: 7 days at 58f
Additional Fermentation: lagered in corny keg

Grain Bill:

Grain %  Amount     Name                      Origin        Gravity Color
 56.7    17.00 lbs. Lager Malt(6-row)         Canada         1.031     1
 20.0     6.00 lbs. Flaked Corn (Maize)       America        1.040     1
 10.0     3.00 lbs. Vienna Malt               America        1.035     4
  6.7     2.00 lbs. Munich Malt(light)        America        1.033    10
  6.7     2.00 lbs. Crystal 10L               America        1.035    10

Hop Bill:

Amount Name Form Alpha IBU Boil Time
4.00 oz. Liberty Whole 3.40 19.6 60 min.
4.00 oz. Liberty Whole 3.40 3.3 5 min.

Mash Schedule:

Mash Type: Single Step
Saccharification Rest Temp : 152 Time: 90
Mash-out Rest Temp : 166 Time: 10
Sparge Temp : 170 Time: 70

Brewers Notes:

Side by side test was a dead ringer... Very nice brew

Beer Recipes / Skotrats B52 Honey Wheat
« on: November 04, 2009, 10:38:51 PM »
Let me be the first to post this!



(All Grain) 5 US Gallons

This Homebrew Recipe was added by
Skotrat on October 28, 1997 at 23:29:10:
(Please contact them if you have questions about the Recipe)

Brewing Method: All Grain
Yeast: Whitbread  Ale Yeast
Yeast Starter: 1 US Quart
Batch Size: 5 US Gallons
Original Gravity: 1.060
Final Gravity: 1.004
Alcohol Content: 7.2 %
Total Grains: 10 US pounds dry grains plus 2 pounds clover honey
Color: 8.6
Extract Efficiency: 80 %
Hop IBU's: 12.4
Boiling Time: 90 minutes
Primary Fermentation: 7 days @ 62f
Secondary Fermentation: 10 days @ 58f
Additional Fermentation: 30 days cold lagering in brite tank @ 35f

Grain Bill:

5 pounds of Briess 6 Row
4 pounds of Wheat Malt
2 pounds of Clover honey
1/2 pound of Crystal 60L
1/2 pound of Dextrin Malt

Hop Bill:

1 ounce of US Hallertau (4.7%) for 40 minutes in the boil
1 ounce of US Tettnanger (3.8%) for 20 minutes in the boil
1 ounce of US Hallertau (4.7%) for 10 minutes in the boil

Mash Schedule:

Step Mash:
30 minutes @ 122f
15 minutes @ 134f
90 minutes @ 154f
10 minutes @ 164f

Brewers Notes:

Add 1 teaspoon of Irish Moss in the Boil 10 minutes before chilling...

What can I say... this is my favorite beer that I have ever brewed... even people who don't like beer tend to like this beer...

It has never won a medal... it probably never will. It always is a club favorite but still doesn't win...

I could drink this beer forever and be happy...

I have many recipes for this brew but this is the one that started it all when I was still brewing in my kitchen...

I hope you love it as much as I do!

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