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I'm planning on doing a Wee Heavy in the next month or so and I'm working up the recipe.  Here's what I have so far:

Recipe: The Burial Chair
Brewer: Tygo
Asst Brewer:
Style: Strong Scotch Ale
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (35.0)

Recipe Specifications
Batch Size: 4.50 gal      
Boil Size: 8.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.118 SG
Estimated Color: 18.9 SRM
Estimated IBU: 29.0 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 65.00 %
Boil Time: 90 Minutes

Amount        Item                                      Type         % or IBU      
18.00 lb      Pale Malt, Maris Otter (4.0 SRM)          Grain        80.90 %      
4.00 lb       Munich Malt (9.0 SRM)                     Grain        17.98 %      
0.25 lb       Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM)                Grain        1.12 %        
1.50 oz       Fuggles [4.50 %]  (90 min)                Hops         23.8 IBU      
0.50 oz       Goldings, East Kent [4.50 %]  (25 min)    Hops         5.2 IBU      
0.50 gm       Salt (Boil 15.0 min)                      Misc                      
0.50 tsp      Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 min)            Misc                      
1.00 items    Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 min)          Misc                      
2.00 gm       Baking Soda (Mash 60.0 min)               Misc                      
4.00 gm       Chalk (Mash 60.0 min)                     Misc                      
1 Pkgs        Scottish Ale (Wyeast Labs #1728)          Yeast-Ale                  

Mash Schedule: Batch Sparge Mash
Total Grain Weight: 22.25 lb

Step Time     Name               Description                         Step Temp    
60 min        Mash In            Add 28.00 qt of water at 187.6 F    154.0 F      
0 min         Temperature Adjust Add 4.35 qt of water at 154.0 F     154.0 F      
0 min         Sparge             Add 18.00 qt of water at 175.7 F    160.0 F      

I'm going to pull a gallon of the first runnings off and boil it down and then add it back into the boil.  

I was reading through the chapter in Designing Great Beers on Scotch and Scottish Ales and Daniels recommends a mash temp of 156 or higher.  I'm a little leery going that high with a beer this big.  He states that one of his better Strong Scotch Ales had an OG of 1.090 and a FG of 1.040 which is a way higher FG than what I think I'm going for.  I'm thinking of shooting for more in the range of 1.030 as a FG and the OG of this one is a good bit higher than 1.090.

I'm planning on pitching this on top of the yeast cake from a  5 gallon batch of 70/- I'm making as a starter beer for this and holding the fermentation temp down around 60F.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.

This is more of a Way Heavy than a Wee Heavy!  ;)    Ingredients look fine. If you don't already have the base malt in your stock, give Golden Promise a try. How far were you going to boil the 1st gallon? Don't know if the whirlfloc is necessary or not in this beer.

156 on the mash is definitely on the upper end for a beer this big, IMO. Skotrat's Traquair House clone I brew is pegged at 154 and its OG is 1.088  

Big starter . . check  

62-65 on ferment temps . . check

I'd love to taste this one!  :)    

I like to push the limits  ;)

I was planning on boiling the gallon of first running down until I got scared  :).  The consistency I had in mind was thick syrup.  I'm working through a sack of MO right now so I'll be using that.  Whirlfloc probably isn't necessary but I figured it can't hurt.  I throw one into every batch.

Thanks for the comments!  I'm definitely thinking that I'll be sticking with a mash temp around 154 for this.

MO will work well for this and the first gallon of runnings down to syrup is classic and will give you the character you are looking for.  May even warrant a run down to Sterling to check it out! ;)

Brewed this one today.  OG 1.121.  The hydrometer sample tasted awesome. :)  Now the waiting starts.


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