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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 7454
Peat Smoked Scotch Ale
2.7 gal 9.77% 36.33 1.096 1.022
All Grain 6696
Vėtra
9.4 L 8.02% 29.22 1.082 1.020
All Grain 5876
La Brettécossaise
9 L 8.79% 82.64 1.082 1.015
All Grain 4034
#60 Wee Heavy
27 L 6.92% 24.38 1.080 1.027
All Grain 3057
Vikings vs Aliens
5 gal 7.91% 25.89 1.080 1.019
All Grain 2995
Wee Heavy Alvaro cambre
20 L 8.04% 0 1.082 1.020
All Grain 2515
Wee Heavy
500 L 7.02% 24.6 1.070 1.017
All Grain 2428
Time Lord Tardis Ale
2.7 gal 7.61% 32.17 1.076 1.019
All Grain 2392
Smoothie
1000 L 7.46% 99.1 1.076 1.019
All Grain 2214

Newest Wee Heavy Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
A Wee Bit Jagged
5 gal 8.71% 39.69 1.083 1.017
BIAB 13
Scotch Ale
5.5 gal 8.73% 31.1 1.086 1.019
All Grain 60
Wee Heavy
12 L 9.35% 28.73 1.098 1.027
BIAB 69
Wee Heavy
93 gal 8.22% 34.28 1.083 1.021
All Grain 29
Grace Me Guide Wee Heavy
57 gal 8.56% 47.57 1.085 1.020
All Grain 92
Down Into My Belly
4 gal 6.97% 30.56 1.071 1.018
BIAB 68
NWSBB Wee Heavy 3.5g
3.5 gal 8.31% 33.37 1.085 1.022
BIAB 19
Awesome Recipe
21.7 L 8.38% 17.51 1.088 1.024
All Grain 31
Wee Heavy
6 gal 9.05% 36.16 1.087 1.018
All Grain 89
Weathertop Wee Heavy
5.5 gal 8.43% 29.81 1.077 1.013
All Grain 63

Fermentables Used In Wee Heavy Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
United Kingdom - Maris Otter Pale 132 United Kingdom Grain base malt 3.75°L
38 71% 7% - 97%
United Kingdom - Golden Promise 85 United Kingdom Grain base malt 3°L
37 78% 12% - 99%
American - Roasted Barley 71 American Grain roasted malt 300°L
33 2% 0% - 6%
American - Caramel / Crystal 120L 60 American Grain crystal malt 120°L
33 3% 1% - 10%
United Kingdom - Roasted Barley 56 United Kingdom Grain roasted malt 550°L
29 1% 0% - 5%
Caramel / Crystal 60L 50 Grain crystal malt 60°L
34 6% 2% - 18%
US - Pale 2-Row 48 US Grain base malt 1.8°L
37 70% 13% - 100%
American - Caramel / Crystal 40L 41 American Grain crystal malt 40°L
34 6% 3% - 23%
Munich - Light 10L 39 Grain specialty malt 10°L
33 7% 1% - 23%
Belgian - Special B 39 Belgian Grain roasted malt 115°L
34 3% 0% - 8%

Hops Used In Wee Heavy Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Average AA Avg. Usage Usage Range
East Kent Goldings 166 5 54% 10% - 100%
Fuggles 86 4.5 47% 11% - 100%
Northern Brewer 23 7.8 59% 12% - 100%
Challenger 23 8.5 53% 16% - 100%
Kent Goldings 22 5 48% 20% - 100%
Willamette 22 4.5 52% 17% - 100%
Magnum 20 15 55% 17% - 100%
Nugget 15 14 74% 16% - 100%
Cascade 11 7 38% 11% - 63%
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%
Belgian - Special B 4 Belgian Grain roasted 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%
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%
American - Black Barley 2 American Grain roasted malt 530°L
27 53% 7% - 100%

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 101 White Labs Ale Med-High Medium 72.5% 65°F 70°F
Wyeast - Scottish Ale 1728 94 Wyeast Ale 0.12 High 71% 55°F 75°F
Fermentis - Safale - English Ale Yeast S-04 39 Fermentis / Safale Ale .0975 High 75% 54°F 77°F
Fermentis - Safale - American Ale Yeast US-05 30 Fermentis / Safale Ales Low Medium 81% 54°F 77°F
Mangrove Jack - Empire Ale M15 14 Mangrove Jack Ale n/a Med-High 72.5% 70°F 75°F
Imperial Yeast - A31 Tartan 13 Imperial Yeast Ale Medium 72.5% 65°F 70°F
Danstar - Nottingham Ale Yeast 12 Danstar Ale Med-High High 77% 57°F 70°F
Lallemand - LALBREW® NOTTINGHAM HIGH PERFORMANCE ALE YEAST 5 Lallemand Ales Medium High 80% 50°F 72°F
Omega Yeast Labs - Scottish Ale OYL-015 5 Omega Yeast Labs British Ales 0.1 Medium 75% 65°F 70°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 64 Water Agt Mash 18% 0% - 100%
Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) 35 Water Agt Mash 17% 0% - 77%
Epsom Salt 31 Water Agt Mash 10% 0% - 67%
Irish Moss 31 Fining Boil 61% 0% - 100%
Lactic acid 27 Water Agt Mash 79% 11% - 100%
Chalk 23 Water Agt Mash 13% 0% - 56%
Whirlfloc 23 Water Agt Mash 78% 2% - 100%
Baking Soda 21 Water Agt Mash 5% 0% - 39%
Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) 16 Water Agt Mash 5% 0% - 32%
Phosphoric acid 12 Water Agt Mash 57% 4% - 99%

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