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Strong British Ale - Wee Heavy


Rich, malty, dextrinous, and usually caramel-sweet, these beers can give an impression that is suggestive of a dessert. Complex secondary malt and alcohol flavors prevent a one-dimensional quality. Strength and maltiness can vary, but should not be cloyin

Flavor Profile: Richly malty with significant caramel (particularly in stronger versions). Hints of roasted malt may be present (sometimes perceived as a faint smoke character), as may some nutty character, all of which may last into the finish. Peat smoke is inappropria

Ingredients: Well-modified pale malt, with roasted barley for color. May use some crystal malt for color adjustment. Slight smoke character may be present in some versions, but derives from roasted grains or from the boil. Peated malt is absolutely not traditional.

BJCP Style Guide

Top 10 Wee Heavy Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
17C1. Strong Scotch Ale (Wee Heavy)
5.5 gal 9.23% 32.87 1.097 1.027
All Grain 8352
Peat Smoked Scotch Ale
2.7 gal 9.77% 36.33 1.096 1.022
All Grain 7361
Vėtra
9.4 L 8.02% 29.22 1.082 1.020
All Grain 6140
La Brettécossaise
9 L 8.79% 82.64 1.082 1.015
All Grain 4406
#60 Wee Heavy
27 L 6.92% 24.38 1.080 1.027
All Grain 3512
Vikings vs Aliens
5 gal 7.91% 25.89 1.080 1.019
All Grain 3258
Wee Heavy Alvaro cambre
20 L 8.04% 0 1.082 1.020
All Grain 2788
Wee Heavy
500 L 7.02% 24.6 1.070 1.017
All Grain 2738
Time Lord Tardis Ale
2.7 gal 7.61% 32.17 1.076 1.019
All Grain 2727
Cinnamon Roll Ale
21 L 7.43% 27.25 1.078 1.021
All Grain 2614

Newest Wee Heavy Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
MB Wee Heavy
1.53 gal 9.35% 25.64 1.089 1.018
BIAB 24
Wee Tipsy Turvy
20 L 7.65% 30.84 1.073 1.015
All Grain 40
Wee Heavy 001 (Scotch Ale)
5 gal 6.7% 28.59 1.072 1.021
BIAB 56
Wee Heavy
5.5 gal 8.24% 35.69 1.088 1.026
All Grain 106
Wee Scottie
6 gal 8.6% 53.81 1.092 1.027
Partial Mash 35
Whole Lotta Rosie
18 L 8.05% 36.87 1.081 1.019
Partial Mash 56
Wee Heavy V2.0
5.5 gal 9.54% 35.73 1.090 1.017
All Grain 52
New Age of Scottish Heävy Beer 12/2023
14 L 11.46% 36.83 1.109 1.022
All Grain 140
Doggerland Heavy Ale
12 gal 7.05% 48.97 1.074 1.021
All Grain 78
Don't Tell Scotty
5 gal 10% 28.91 1.105 1.028
All Grain 102

Fermentables Used In Wee Heavy Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
United Kingdom - Maris Otter Pale 137 United Kingdom Grain base malt 3.75°L
38 70% 7% - 97%
United Kingdom - Golden Promise 91 United Kingdom Grain base malt 3°L
37 77% 12% - 99%
American - Roasted Barley 76 American Grain roasted malt 300°L
33 2% 0% - 6%
American - Caramel / Crystal 120L 63 American Grain crystal malt 120°L
33 3% 1% - 10%
United Kingdom - Roasted Barley 57 United Kingdom Grain roasted malt 550°L
29 1% 0% - 5%
Caramel / Crystal 60L 54 Grain crystal malt 60°L
34 6% 2% - 18%
US - Pale 2-Row 48 US Grain base malt 1.8°L
37 71% 13% - 100%
American - Caramel / Crystal 40L 42 American Grain crystal malt 40°L
34 6% 3% - 23%
Munich - Light 10L 40 Grain specialty malt 10°L
33 8% 1% - 24%
Special B 40 Grain crystal malt 115°L
34 3% 1% - 8%

Hops Used In Wee Heavy Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Average AA Avg. Usage Usage Range
East Kent Goldings 185 5 54% 10% - 100%
Fuggles 91 4.5 47% 11% - 100%
Northern Brewer 26 7.8 59% 12% - 100%
Challenger 26 8.5 52% 16% - 100%
Willamette 25 4.5 48% 2% - 100%
Kent Goldings 22 5 49% 20% - 100%
Magnum 22 15 54% 17% - 100%
Nugget 17 14 72% 13% - 100%
Cascade 12 7 40% 11% - 71%
Centennial 10 10 41% 8% - 75%

Steeping Grains Used In Wee Heavy Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
American - Roasted Barley 6 American Grain roasted malt 300°L
33 16% 3% - 50%
American - Chocolate 5 American Grain roasted malt 350°L
29 13% 3% - 25%
American - Caramel / Crystal 40L 4 American Grain crystal malt 40°L
34 39% 4% - 75%
Caramel / Crystal 60L 4 Grain crystal malt 60°L
34 12% 3% - 25%
Special B 4 Grain crystal malt 115°L
34 28% 13% - 38%
American - Caramel / Crystal 120L 3 American Grain crystal malt 120°L
33 6% 1% - 11%
Belgian - Caramel Pils 3 Belgian Grain crystal malt 8°L
34 33% 19% - 50%
Honey Malt 3 Grain crystal malt 25°L
37 17% 2% - 25%
United Kingdom - Chocolate 3 United Kingdom Grain roasted malt 425°L
34 8% 4% - 14%
Briess - Roasted Barley 2 American Grain roasted malt 300°L
33.1 13% 12% - 13%

Yeasts Used In Wee Heavy Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Laboratory Type Alcohol Tolerance Flocculation Attenuation Min. Temp Max. Temp
White Labs - Edinburgh Scottish Ale Yeast WLP028 111 White Labs Ale Med-High Medium 72.5% 65°F 70°F
Wyeast - Scottish Ale 1728 100 Wyeast Ale 0.12 High 71% 55°F 75°F
Fermentis - Safale - English Ale Yeast S-04 44 Fermentis / Safale Ale .0975 High 75% 54°F 77°F
Fermentis - Safale - American Ale Yeast US-05 34 Fermentis / Safale Ales Low Medium 81% 54°F 77°F
Mangrove Jack - Empire Ale M15 15 Mangrove Jack Ale n/a Med-High 72.5% 70°F 75°F
Imperial Yeast - A31 Tartan 14 Imperial Yeast Ale Medium 72.5% 65°F 70°F
Danstar - Nottingham Ale Yeast 13 Danstar Ale Med-High High 77% 57°F 70°F
Omega Yeast Labs - Scottish Ale OYL-015 8 Omega Yeast Labs British Ales 0.1 Medium 75% 65°F 70°F
Lallemand - LALBREW® NOTTINGHAM HIGH PERFORMANCE ALE YEAST 6 Lallemand Ales Medium High 80% 50°F 72°F
Mangrove Jack - New World Strong Ale M42 5 Mangrove Jack Ale n/a High 79.5% 61°F 72°F

Other Ingredients Used In Wee Heavy Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Type Use Avg. Usage Usage Range
Gypsum 81 Water Agt Mash 19% 0% - 100%
Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) 45 Water Agt Mash 16% 0% - 77%
Epsom Salt 38 Water Agt Mash 9% 0% - 67%
Irish Moss 35 Fining Boil 60% 0% - 100%
Lactic acid 33 Water Agt Mash 83% 11% - 100%
Whirlfloc 29 Fining Boil 68% 0% - 100%
Baking Soda 27 Water Agt Mash 9% 0% - 48%
Chalk 25 Water Agt Mash 12% 0% - 56%
Yeast Nutrient 19 Other Primary 36% 0% - 100%
Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) 16 Water Agt Mash 5% 0% - 32%

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