For my seventh brew for “Project NHC” I decided to re-brew a beer that got me 44 points (one shy of a Gold Medal) at last year’s NHC: Jamil Zainasheff’s Scottish Ale. However this year I made two changes…
1. Last year I brewed a low ABV “Scottish Light”, whereas this year I beefed up the gravity a bit and turned it into a “Scottish Export”.
2. I brewed it with 100% Gladfield Malt.
The only real challenge here was finding a good substitute for Honey Malt, an ingredient called for in the original recipe, but not available in New Zealand. Fortunately Gladfield offers a handy malt conversion app. You simply plug in your recipe along with the Maltster, and the app adjusts volumes based on different variables and converts your recipe into an all Gladfield-based recipe. In cases where malt substitution is necessary, the app will select one for you.
Here’s what the BJCP has to say about category 14C, Scottish Export:
From the BJCP 2015 guidelines: “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 and especially never has a peat smoke character.”
Batch size: 23 litres (20 into the fermenter)
Starting gravity: 1.048
Final gravity: 1.013
IBUs (Rager Formula): 25 IBU
Boil: 60 Minutes
Mash Temp: 70°C
Water: Tongariro bottled water and 1 tsp Calcium Chloride.
4.5 Kg Gladfield Ale Malt
450 g Gladfield Medium Crystal
250 g Gladfield Munich Malt
225 g Gladfield Aurora Malt
130 g Gladfield Dark Crystal
95 g Gladfield Light Chocolate Malt
38 g East Kent Goldings (5.5% AA) @ 60
3 g Irish Moss @ 10
1 pack Safale US-05
1 Vial Clarity Ferm (to eliminate gluten)
Fermented at 18°C but after 48 hours I started raising temperature by half a degree each day until I hit 22°C.
July 31, 2016: Pitched one packed of rehydrated US-05. Fermentation was well underway within 24 hours and progressed slow and steady. The fermentation went on for a few days longer than I expected, which in my experience usually results in a cleaner beer.
August 18th, 2016: I’m very pleased with this beer. Dark amber, with brownish hues and an off white head, the beer is surprisingly clean and caramelly, with just a hint of chocolate. It’s both complex and subdued at the same time, in the sense that it has all of the nice malty notes I was looking for (toast, chocolate, honey), while still being a light and highly sessionable beer. This beer tastes something like a slightly sweeter Irish red with just a dash of Porter thrown in for color. The beer was very popular with friends and disappeared quickly.
- Prior to this beer I felt that any UK beer style needed to be brewed with a UK malt. My expectation was that if brewed with Gladfield Malt it would lack some essential flavour. I no longer believe that to be the case. While I do think that this version of the recipe came out a tad cleaner and less bready than my last attempt, the beer does not suffer for it at all. This recipe – along with another recent recipe which used 100% Gladfield Malt – has given me a very strong impression about Gladfield Malt, and as such I plan to use them much more in future recipes, UK-styles or otherwise.
Leave a comment below if you have any questions about the recipe or process.