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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 2688
70 Shilling
22 L 3.41% 0 1.035 1.009
All Grain 2153
Firkin 2015
5.5 gal 3.07% 14.06 1.034 1.011
BIAB 1996
Kurs Chili porter
56 L 6.25% 44.91 1.062 1.014
All Grain 1892
$10 Scottish 60
3 gal 2.93% 11.54 1.030 1.007
extract 1778
Small Beer Partigyle
6 gal 3.04% 21.68 1.030 1.007
All Grain 1754
Export 80/- Ale
21 L 4.1% 16.9 1.041 1.010
All Grain 1515
HEAVY WEE ANGUS
500 L 7.84% 26.05 1.084 1.024
All Grain 1485
D's Winter Ale AKA Jingle Bells Ale
5.5 gal 5.72% 13.3 1.058 1.015
extract 1399
Williams - Fraoch
23 L 5.03% 12.95 1.050 1.011
All Grain 987

Newest Scottish Light Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
Belhaven 60/-
2.75 gal 3.34% 19.56 1.034 1.009
BIAB 9
Trivial Tincture
5.5 gal 8.08% 51.91 1.081 1.020
extract 16
WLB 3 gal
3 gal 3.34% 15.76 1.034 1.009
BIAB 9
Awesome Recipe
110 L 3.64% 13.95 1.043 1.015
All Grain 9
Scottish Light
2 gal 3.08% 15.39 1.033 1.010
All Grain 28
* COMET STONE SCOTTISH ALE - 12⁰P
140 gal 4.47% 43.77 1.057 1.023
All Grain 59
Wee Little Beer
3 gal 3.18% 15.76 1.034 1.010
BIAB 36
SBS 60/ Scottish Ale AG Conversion
5.5 gal 3.16% 17.14 1.034 1.010
All Grain 86
Irish Blonde Ale (NB)
5 gal 4.95% 35.21 1.051 1.014
All Grain 28
Awesome Recipe
3.5 gal 3.32% 0 1.034 1.008
All Grain 25

Fermentables Used In Scottish Light Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
United Kingdom - Maris Otter Pale 55 United Kingdom Grain base malt 3.75°L
38 65% 4% - 100%
American - Caramel / Crystal 120L 42 American Grain crystal malt 120°L
33 4% 1% - 15%
US - Pale 2-Row 30 US Grain base malt 1.8°L
37 73% 21% - 100%
Munich - Light 10L 29 Grain specialty malt 10°L
33 11% 2% - 30%
United Kingdom - Golden Promise 29 United Kingdom Grain base malt 3°L
37 70% 18% - 100%
Caramel / Crystal 60L 28 Grain crystal malt 60°L
34 9% 1% - 25%
American - Chocolate 27 American Grain roasted malt 350°L
29 2% 1% - 6%
American - Roasted Barley 27 American Grain roasted malt 300°L
33 3% 0% - 17%
United Kingdom - Pale Chocolate 27 United Kingdom Grain roasted malt 207°L
33 3% 1% - 7%
American - Caramel / Crystal 40L 24 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 68 5 61% 7% - 100%
Fuggles 32 4.5 58% 10% - 100%
Cascade 24 7 41% 8% - 100%
Kent Goldings 20 5 62% 16% - 100%
Northern Brewer 10 7.8 45% 4% - 100%
Magnum 9 15 60% 22% - 100%
Challenger 9 8.5 37% 12% - 100%
Citra 9 11 50% 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 39% 8% - 100%
American - Caramel / Crystal 120L 5 American Grain crystal malt 120°L
33 45% 13% - 100%
American - Chocolate 4 American Grain roasted malt 350°L
29 36% 25% - 57%
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%
American - Roasted Barley 2 American Grain roasted malt 300°L
33 11% 8% - 15%
Peated Malt 2 Grain specialty malt 2.5°L
38 34% 31% - 38%
United Kingdom - Roasted Barley 2 United Kingdom Grain roasted malt 550°L
29 14% 8% - 21%

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 48 Fermentis / Safale Ale .0975 High 75% 54°F 77°F
Wyeast - Scottish Ale 1728 35 Wyeast Ale 0.12 High 71% 55°F 75°F
White Labs - Edinburgh Scottish Ale Yeast WLP028 24 White Labs Ale Med-High Medium 72.5% 65°F 70°F
Fermentis - Safale - American Ale Yeast US-05 24 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
White Labs - California Ale Yeast WLP001 6 White Labs Ale High Medium 76.5% 68°F 73°F
Danstar - Nottingham Ale Yeast 6 Danstar Ale Med-High High 77% 57°F 70°F
Lallemand - LALBREW® NOTTINGHAM HIGH PERFORMANCE ALE YEAST 6 Lallemand Ales Medium High 80% 50°F 72°F
Imperial Yeast - A31 Tartan 4 Imperial Yeast Ale Medium 72.5% 65°F 70°F
Wyeast - London Ale 1028 3 Wyeast Ale 0.1 Med-Low 75% 60°F 72°F

Other Ingredients Used In Scottish Light Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Type Use Avg. Usage Usage Range
Gypsum 25 Water Agt Mash 29% 0% - 100%
Epsom Salt 16 Water Agt Mash 10% 0% - 50%
Irish Moss 16 Fining Boil 69% 0% - 100%
Whirlfloc 13 Water Agt Boil 67% 0% - 100%
Baking Soda 11 Water Agt Mash 16% 0% - 100%
Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) 10 Water Agt Mash 24% 0% - 45%
Calcium Chloride (anhydrous) 9 Water Agt Mash 8% 0% - 32%
Lactic acid 9 Water Agt Mash 61% 1% - 100%
Chalk 7 Water Agt Mash 26% 0% - 64%
Table Salt 4 Water Agt Mash 3% 0% - 11%

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