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Traquair House Ale Clone - Wee Heavy
« on: June 26, 2011, 10:11:34 AM »
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:
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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)

Notes:

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.

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Re: Traquair House Ale Clone - Wee Heavy
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2011, 10:13:07 AM »
Thanks, Scott!  That is one of my all time favorite recipes.  I use it as the base of my Wee Shroomy (chanterelle mushrooms added) and will be serving it at NHC next year.
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Re: Traquair House Ale Clone - Wee Heavy
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2011, 06:48:41 PM »
Thanks, Scott!  That is one of my all time favorite recipes.  I use it as the base of my Wee Shroomy (chanterelle mushrooms added) and will be serving it at NHC next year.

I'm looking forward to that one Denny.  ;)

Thanks for posting Scott.  :)
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Re: Traquair House Ale Clone - Wee Heavy
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2011, 08:38:29 AM »
Trying to think of Eugene-influenced beers for next year.  I think I'm gonna brew a tofu pale ale, too.
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Re: Traquair House Ale Clone - Wee Heavy
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2011, 09:08:53 AM »
Trying to think of Eugene-influenced beers for next year.  I think I'm gonna brew a tofu pale ale, too.

You could do a smoked beer using malt smoked over burning bras and draft cards.
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Re: Traquair House Ale Clone - Wee Heavy
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2011, 09:26:44 AM »
Trying to think of Eugene-influenced beers for next year.  I think I'm gonna brew a tofu pale ale, too.

You could do a smoked beer using malt smoked over burning bras and draft cards.

I was actually thinking of a different kind of smoke....;)
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Re: Traquair House Ale Clone - Wee Heavy
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2011, 10:48:49 AM »
Trying to think of Eugene-influenced beers for next year.  I think I'm gonna brew a tofu pale ale, too.

You could do a smoked beer using malt smoked over burning bras and draft cards.

I was actually thinking of a different kind of smoke....;)

Of course you were...  ;)
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Re: Traquair House Ale Clone - Wee Heavy
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2011, 11:00:46 AM »
The clone recipe in BYO is a bit different, not sure if it'd make a huge deal:

OG = 1.075; FG = 1.019; IBU = 35; SRM = 13+; ABV = 7.2%

15 lbs/6.8kg pale malt
0.25 lb/110 g roasted barley 300*L
6 AAU Kent Goldings @ 90 mins = 1.5 oz/42g @ 4.4% α-acids
5 AAU Kent Goldings @ 30 mins = 1.25 oz/35g @ 4% α-acids
Wyeast 1728 @ 2.25qt/2.25L starter
0.75 cups corn sugar for priming

Heat 19 qts water to 163 F / 73 C; crush grains; mash in.
Hold at 152 F / 67 C for 60 minutes.
Put first gallon into heavy pot and boil it hard for 30 minutes, stirring often.
Collect a further 7 gallons of wort and start the boil, which will last about 2 hours.
When you have 6.5 gallons of wort and ±90 min left in the boil, add caramelized wort and first hop addition. Add remaining hops @ 30 mins. Cool to 68 F, aerate & pitch. Primary @ 8-10 days at 65 F, transfer to secondary and condition at 50 F for two weeks. Age in bottle for 8-10 weeks.
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Re: Traquair House Ale Clone - Wee Heavy
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2011, 11:14:18 AM »
It is only different in the respect that they have changed the hops and made it a 5 gallon recipe.

If they didn't; BYO should have given me a mention in my opinion.

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Re: Traquair House Ale Clone - Wee Heavy
« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2011, 11:58:55 AM »
It is only different in the respect that they have changed the hops and made it a 5 gallon recipe.

If they didn't; BYO should have given me a mention in my opinion.

I completely agree that you deserved a mention, Scott.  The boil down technique you came up with for that recipe not only makes the beer what it is, but a lot of homebrewers have adopted it for other beers.  So, I'll just say it here....THANK YOU for all you've done!
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Re: Traquair House Ale Clone - Wee Heavy
« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2011, 01:46:48 PM »
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Re: Traquair House Ale Clone - Wee Heavy
« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2011, 08:06:09 PM »
I use the boil down technique for my annual wee heavy and I like it very much.  I picked it up around here somewhere. 

Just cracked one of the 2010 version the other night.  The 2011 vintage is still bulk aging. 

So, thanks for the technique!  ;)
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Re: Traquair House Ale Clone - Wee Heavy
« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2011, 02:26:27 AM »
As I am a relative newb I had no idea that boil-down was your idea. Cheers! Going to try it sometime soon.
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Re: Traquair House Ale Clone - Wee Heavy
« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2011, 03:22:33 AM »
Skotrat, I was at an event last night and strangely enough the owner of Traquair, Lady Catherine Maxwell Stewart! Also her French exporter. Here's proof - we're drinking Jacobite ale in this one:



I mentioned to her your method of boiling down a bit of wort to get the coloring and she said "That's a brillant idea! It still won't get you the same results as us because we barrel age, but it's a very neat trick."

And here's a youtube video I took of her explaining the brewery, etc. There's a lot of background talking because only about 20% of the people there spoke English, and at this point people were starting to get fairly well soused.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llUNNvNUxjY
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Re: Traquair House Ale Clone - Wee Heavy
« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2011, 04:24:17 AM »
Wow Phil...what an honor to get to meet Lady Catherine.

Thanks for the link. 

Great stuff.  :)
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