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Scottish Ale - Scottish Light


A malt-focused, generally caramelly beer with perhaps a few esters and occasionally a butterscotch aftertaste. Hops only to balance and support the malt. The malt character can range from dry and grainy to rich, toasty, and caramelly, but is never roasty

Flavor Profile: Entirely malt-focused, with flavors ranging from pale, bready malt with caramel overtones to rich-toasty malt with roasted accents (but never roasty) or a combination thereof. Fruity esters are not required but add depth yet are never high. Hop bitterness

Ingredients: Originally used Scottish pale malt, grits or flaked maize, and brewers caramel for color. Later adapted to use additional ingredients, such as amber and brown malts, crystal and wheat malts, and roasted grains or dark sugars for color but not for the ‘roa

BJCP Style Guide

Top 10 Scottish Light Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
Scotch Ale 90 Shilling
5 gal 10.05% 30.68 1.109 1.032
All Grain 3151
70 Shilling
22 L 3.41% 0 1.035 1.009
All Grain 2427
Firkin 2015
5.5 gal 3.07% 14.06 1.034 1.011
BIAB 2294
$10 Scottish 60
3 gal 2.93% 11.54 1.030 1.007
extract 2153
Kurs Chili porter
56 L 6.25% 44.91 1.062 1.014
All Grain 2101
Small Beer Partigyle
6 gal 3.04% 21.68 1.030 1.007
All Grain 1975
Export 80/- Ale
21 L 4.1% 16.9 1.041 1.010
All Grain 1708
HEAVY WEE ANGUS
500 L 7.84% 26.05 1.084 1.024
All Grain 1652
D's Winter Ale AKA Jingle Bells Ale
5.5 gal 5.72% 13.3 1.058 1.015
extract 1604
Williams - Fraoch
23 L 5.03% 12.95 1.050 1.011
All Grain 1155

Newest Scottish Light Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
Hibernation Red Ale
15 gal 9% 0 1.090 1.021
All Grain 1
Head! Move!
3.5 gal 3.08% 16.49 1.034 1.010
BIAB 10
Scottish 90/-
5.5 gal 6.59% 0 1.062 1.012
extract 45
Scottish Shilling Ale
5 gal 6.04% 15.12 1.064 1.018
All Grain 42
Scottish Heavy 385
11 gal 3.33% 17.4 1.039 1.013
BIAB 78
Scottish light
5 gal 4.19% 18.74 1.044 1.012
All Grain 72
Scottish
40 gal 5.48% 24 1.059 1.017
All Grain 45
Ole Smokey
12 gal 5.03% 15.22 1.048 1.010
All Grain 54
Scottish
10 L 6.03% 33.85 1.061 1.015
All Grain 50
Awesome Recipe
9 L 4.63% 0 1.047 1.012
extract 60

Fermentables Used In Scottish Light Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
United Kingdom - Maris Otter Pale 63 United Kingdom Grain base malt 3.75°L
38 66% 4% - 100%
American - Caramel / Crystal 120L 45 American Grain crystal malt 120°L
33 5% 1% - 15%
American - Roasted Barley 33 American Grain roasted malt 300°L
33 3% 0% - 17%
Caramel / Crystal 60L 31 Grain crystal malt 60°L
34 9% 1% - 25%
United Kingdom - Golden Promise 31 United Kingdom Grain base malt 3°L
37 71% 18% - 100%
US - Pale 2-Row 30 US Grain base malt 1.8°L
37 73% 21% - 100%
American - Chocolate 29 American Grain roasted malt 350°L
29 2% 1% - 6%
Munich - Light 10L 29 Grain specialty malt 10°L
33 11% 2% - 30%
United Kingdom - Pale Chocolate 29 United Kingdom Grain roasted malt 207°L
33 3% 1% - 9%
American - Caramel / Crystal 40L 27 American Grain crystal malt 40°L
34 9% 1% - 18%

Hops Used In Scottish Light Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Average AA Avg. Usage Usage Range
East Kent Goldings 73 5 60% 7% - 100%
Fuggles 40 4.5 63% 10% - 100%
Cascade 25 7 46% 8% - 100%
Kent Goldings 22 5 64% 16% - 100%
Northern Brewer 10 7.8 42% 4% - 100%
Magnum 9 15 60% 22% - 100%
Challenger 8 8.5 32% 12% - 57%
Citra 8 11 44% 21% - 100%
Willamette 7 4.5 51% 25% - 75%
Goldings 7 4.5 70% 10% - 100%

Steeping Grains Used In Scottish Light Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
Caramel / Crystal 60L 6 Grain crystal malt 60°L
34 36% 8% - 100%
American - Caramel / Crystal 120L 5 American Grain crystal malt 120°L
33 45% 13% - 100%
American - Carapils (Dextrine Malt) 4 American Grain crystal malt 1.8°L
33 49% 14% - 100%
American - Chocolate 4 American Grain roasted malt 350°L
29 36% 25% - 57%
American - Roasted Barley 4 American Grain roasted malt 300°L
33 13% 4% - 26%
Smoked Malt 3 Grain smoked malt 5°L
37 23% 8% - 31%
American - Caramel / Crystal 20L 2 American Grain crystal malt 20°L
35 20% 19% - 21%
American - Caramel / Crystal 40L 2 American Grain crystal malt 40°L
34 62% 62% - 62%
American - Caramel / Crystal 80L 2 American Grain crystal malt 80°L
33 39% 29% - 50%
Munich Dark 20L 2 Grain specialty malt 20°L
34 22% 13% - 31%

Yeasts Used In Scottish Light Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Laboratory Type Alcohol Tolerance Flocculation Attenuation Min. Temp Max. Temp
Fermentis - Safale - English Ale Yeast S-04 52 Fermentis / Safale Ale .0975 High 75% 54°F 77°F
Wyeast - Scottish Ale 1728 38 Wyeast Ale 0.12 High 71% 55°F 75°F
White Labs - Edinburgh Scottish Ale Yeast WLP028 28 White Labs Ale Med-High Medium 72.5% 65°F 70°F
Fermentis - Safale - American Ale Yeast US-05 27 Fermentis / Safale Ales Low Medium 81% 54°F 77°F
Wyeast - Irish Ale 1084 7 Wyeast Ale 0.1 Medium 73% 62°F 72°F
Danstar - Nottingham Ale Yeast 6 Danstar Ale Med-High High 77% 57°F 70°F
Omega Yeast Labs - Scottish Ale OYL-015 6 Omega Yeast Labs British Ales 0.1 Medium 75% 65°F 70°F
Imperial Yeast - A31 Tartan 6 Imperial Yeast Ale Medium 72.5% 65°F 70°F
White Labs - California Ale Yeast WLP001 6 White Labs Ale High Medium 76.5% 68°F 73°F
Lallemand - LALBREW┬« NOTTINGHAM HIGH PERFORMANCE ALE YEAST 5 Lallemand Ales Medium High 80% 50°F 72°F

Other Ingredients Used In Scottish Light Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Type Use Avg. Usage Usage Range
Gypsum 27 Water Agt Mash 26% 0% - 100%
Whirlfloc 20 Water Agt Mash 69% 0% - 100%
Epsom Salt 17 Water Agt Mash 9% 0% - 50%
Irish Moss 17 Water Agt Boil 69% 0% - 100%
Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) 13 Water Agt Mash 19% 0% - 45%
Baking Soda 11 Water Agt Mash 16% 0% - 100%
Lactic acid 10 Water Agt Mash 65% 1% - 100%
Calcium Chloride (anhydrous) 9 Water Agt Mash 10% 0% - 32%
Chalk 8 Water Agt Mash 28% 0% - 64%
Yeast Nutrient 4 Other Boil 18% 0% - 50%

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