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Clan DunBroch Scottish Ale

Brewed: 05/04/2024   Kegged: 05/10/2024

In April of 2024, after brewing McShepardSons Irish Ale (Batch 352), I thought I'd like to do another "Roll-a-Style" beer.

My most recent list was on Roll-a-Style 1 ... 3A. Czech Pale Lager, and I rolled an:

11 corresponded with 14C. Scottish Export.

ClanDunbroch.jpg"A moderate-strength, malty beer with light caramel, toast, toffee, and fruit flavors. A slight roast dryness offsets the residual sweetness in the finish, with the bitterness perceived only to keep the beer from being cloying."

I asked ChatGPT to come up with a recipe and a name. I followed the recipe with minor tweaks.

See the ChatGPT Session to read how the conversation went.

Before this recipe, my only other Scottish Ale was Mor'du Scottish Ale, whose name was inspired by the Pixar movie "Brave". I decided to follow that theme and take another name from that movie.

Clan DunBroch is the clan of which Merida and family were members of. I thought the name "Clan DunBroch Scottish Ale" worked well.

If you don't like the name, you can name your Scottish Ale whatever you like.

The taste of Clan DunBroch is a symphony of malt-forward goodness. The foundation is laid by a robust malt backbone, offering flavors of biscuit, toffee, and roasted grain. Despite its malt prominence, it maintains a delicate balance, with just a hint of earthy hops providing a gentle bitterness to round out the profile.

Medium-bodied and smooth on the palate, this Scottish ale delivers a satisfying mouthfeel that invites contemplative sipping. Its moderate carbonation enhances drinkability without overpowering the nuanced flavors, making it a perfect companion for leisurely evenings by the fireside or gatherings with friends.

1st brewed on 2024 Big Brew Day at Du's Brewery.

For more information about this beer, see Sheppy's Blog: DunBroch

Clan DunBroch Scottish Ale --- Batch 1 (356)

Style Scottish Export Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.71 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   68.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.051 SG Estimated FG 1.013 SG
Recipe Bitterness 23.1 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.0 %
BU : GU   0.453        
Recipe Color 16.2 SRM
Measured OG:   1.051    Measured FG:   1.010 
ADF:   79    Measured ABV:   5.4 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
7.69 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
5.00 g Calcium Chloride (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
2.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 3 - -
1.00 g Epsom Salt (MgSO4) (Mash) Water Agent 4 - -
9 lbs Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 5 80.9 % 0.70 gal
1 lbs Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 6 9.0 % 0.08 gal
8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 7 4.5 % 0.04 gal
6.0 oz Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 8 3.4 % 0.03 gal
4.0 oz Victory Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 9 2.2 % 0.02 gal
0.500 oz Magnum [12.60 %] - Boil 40.0 min Hop 10 18.7 IBUs -
1.000 oz East Kent Goldings (EKG) [5.60 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 11 4.4 IBUs -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 22.25 qt of water at 159.3 F 152.0 F 60 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (Drain mash tun , 3.48gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
Prepare mash and sparge water together.
Brewing salts in the mash and sparge water. This should bring Denver water profile (as defined by BeerSmith) to "Balanced Amber"
Acid addition to bring calculated pH around 5.3
Mash and boil as directed above.
Cool to around 65 degrees.
Ferment for a couple weeks.
Force carbonate to 2.5 volumes. Condition to taste.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.042 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.71 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
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Brewing Notes:
04/23/2024 esheppy
I think this will be my Big Brew Day batch.
05/03/2024 esheppy
Brew day tomorrow up at Du's Brewery. Prepping a bit tonight. May the Forth be with You.
05/05/2024 esheppy
Brew day at Du's yesterday went really well. OG right on plan. Just getting fermentation signs mid-afternoon today. Going in pressure fermentor.
05/06/2024 esheppy
Going strong. I have the spunding valve on ... but I have it set to very little pressure. Maybe 1 or 2 psi. Temp strip says 68ish. No tilt because it is in the Helles Bock fermenter right now.
05/07/2024 esheppy
Krausen gone. Beer looks real clear. Even though the spunding valve has been completely open, there is off-gassing through the beer. My calendar has me kegging this in 11 days. However, I might be kegging this beer early. It appears to be done and I have empty kegs.
05/10/2024 esheppy
Kegged. 1.010 FG, which is a little low compared to planned. 5.4% ABV is actually perfect. Nice red color going into the keg. Yummy malty beer. Can taste the EKG. A little roast.
05/12/2024 esheppy
Love love love the color. Deep red and already fairly clear. Great tan head, although it will be better with a little more carbonation. Wonderful medium body. Awesome flavor. Reminds me a lot of McShepardSons Irish Red. Maybe a bit more richness and perhaps a touch of roast. EKG hops give it just enough floral finish to let you know it's there. Pretty balanced. A little caramel sweetness, but really just enough to add to the rich complexity. Wonderful beer.
05/15/2024 esheppy
Poured a pint before the Avs game. Thick foam. Nice cascading effect. Great malt flavor. Beautiful deep red color. Love it.
05/24/2024 esheppy
Gorgeous deep red beer. Great thick off-white creamy head. Great caramel malt flavor with just enough EKG to balance it out. Love the Irish yeast flavor.
06/06/2024 esheppy
Checked into untapped during halftime of the NBA Finals. Great beer. Touch of roast? Crystal clear. Gorgeous red.
06/13/2024 esheppy
Yummy. Deep ruby red. Clear. Malty. Yummy.
06/17/2024 esheppy
Had my wife's parents visiting this past weekend. This was their favorite of what was on tap.
06/19/2024 esheppy
When I kegged Summer Lovin, I felt this keg. It doesn't appear to have much left.
06/27/2024 esheppy
Gorgeous ruby red. Very clear. Wonderful caramel malt bill. A little foamy when pouring after sitting for a bit. Second pour perfect.
07/07/2024 esheppy
Yummy. Red red red. Nice and malty.
07/18/2024 esheppy
Most gorgeous beer I've had in quite awhile. Ruby red and crystal clear. Thick head. Caramel with a touch of roast. Toasty. Not too sweet. Won't last much longer.
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