Traquair House Ale

This is a scotch ale and is our third test beer as a candidate for barrel aging. The recipe comes from CloneBrews.

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  • Starting gravity (actual)
    • 1.092
  • Starting gravity (expected)
    • 1.074-75
  • Final gravity (actual)
    • 1.021
  • Final gravity (expected)
    • 1.018-19
  • ABV<
    • ~9%

I tasted this after a couple of weeks and it’s not great and pretty flat.

Update: After several weeks the carbonation improved and the flavor was much better!


  • 4oz 55L British Crystal malt**
    (used 60L Crystal malt)**
  • 3oz British peated malt**
    (used regular peated malt)**
  • 3oz black malt**
    (used chocolate malt)**
  • 2oz Belgian aromatic malt
  • 8.5lbs of Muntons light DME**
    (used 9lbs Briess Light Pilsen DME)**
  • 2 oz East Kent Goldings (bittering)**
    (substituted US Goldings)**
    • 60 minutes
  • 1 oz East Kent Goldings (flavor)**
    (substituted Fuggle)**
    • 15 minutes
  • 1 oz East Kent Goldings (aroma)**
    (substituted Fuggle)**
    • 2 minutes
  • 0.5 oz Fuggle (dry hop)**
    (we skipped)**
    • 5-7 days
  • Wyeast 1084 Irish Ale

Brewing Notes

  • Brewed
    • December 15, 2012
  • Transferred
    • N/A
  • Bottled
    • January 5, 2013
  • Tasted (flat)
    • January 18, 2013
  • We skipped the dry hopping that the recipe called for. The recipe called for 0.5 oz Fuggles, which I can’t imagine would make a huge difference.
  • My notes say that we skipped the addition of 0.25 oz steamed/toasted oak chips, but I don’t actually see that in the recipe.  Although I’m looking at the old (original) version of the CloneBrews book so maybe it was added to the 2nd Edition.  Jer has a copy of the 2nd Edition so that’s probably where the note comes from.