Scotch Ale Recipe

7.50 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) UK (3.0 SRM) Grain 83.92 %
1.00 lb Victory Malt (biscuit) (Briess) (28.0 SRM) Grain 11.19 %
0.38 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) Grain 4.20 %
0.06 lb Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM) Grain 0.70 %
1.00 oz Fuggles [4.30 %] (90 min) Hops 17.3 IBU
1 Pkgs Edinburgh Ale (White Labs #WLP028) Yeast-Ale (liquid)

133 degrees - 15 minutes (Protein Rest)
155 degrees - 45 minutes (Saccharification)
170 degrees - 10 minutes (Mash Out)
Collect 2 gallons from sparge and caramelize (1 hour)

Boil Time: 80minutes

Measured OG: 1.052
target fg: 1.015, measured 1.013. :) Love it

If you have any questions please email me.


Alba Gu Brath

So as you might have guessed by the picture, this past weekend we ventured into the world of Scottish Brews. One of the few styles we here at Atomic Donkey have not brewed. A nice Scotch Ale. We went with a basic recipe which I will post later this evening. The entire process went off without a hitch. In fact, it went so well that we became worried that we had missed something. No worries, we didn’t.

Pitched the yeast starter Sunday evening and by the next morning it was going strong. By Monday afternoon we were close to a blow out. Managed to keep it under control though with just a little spill over. We have had far worse.

OG checked in at a somewhat higher than expected 1.054. We are perfectly fine with this. We will check it tonight to see how everything is going. All in all it was a great brew day and a fun recipe to take on.

The Hazelnut, vanilla bean, espresso porter is coming along very nicely. We will be adding the hazelnut/vanilla bean extract in the coming days. After that, it’s all a matter of time. We are also waiting on our shipment of Yohimbe. It should be here very soon. Then we will work out the recipe and start the process of creating this very unique brew. Can not wait for this one.

Hope you are all well. CHEERS!

Good Beer Festival and Home Brew Competition

Beautiful weather, great beer, and an even better crowd. That sums up the 3rd annual Good Beer Festival. October 13th and 14th could not have gone any better. The attendance just on Saturday almost beat out last year’s weekend total. This festival is growing in popularity very quickly and according to a number of breweries, its one of the best around.

I would list all the breweries but that would take too long. Take a look at the website for a full list. I've included some photos of the ones I thought stood out. I can’t wait to see what next year is like. I’m thinking they will need to expand the festival grounds in order to fit all the attendees. Great problem to have.

Sunday was the first annual Good Beer Home Brew Competition. There were some last minute cancelations from judges that kind of had us on our toes. But thanks to the miracle worker know as Doug and some of his friends, we found all the judges we need. Quickly, big thanks goes out to everyone of you judges. Thank you so much for your hard work and answering the call. I hope you all enjoyed yourselves as much as I did. We made some great friends and had a blast.

The day started for the judges around 12:30. The judging lasted until around 4 with the results being announced at 4:30. There were a few hiccups early on. These will be worked out before next year’s competition. The top 3 are shown below. There were only 38 entries this year due to the very short notice. We will be holding this competition again next year and expect many more entries. So if you’re a bjcp certified judge let us know. We would love to have you.

Good Beer Home Brew – Best in Show

1) Mike Piorunski – Saison

2) Doug Dixon – Special Premium Bitter

3) Matthew Shockley – Fruit Beer

It was a great weekend to say the least. Thank you to Andy Kitzrow and the Wicomico County Parks and Rec Department as well as all the volunteers that made this event possible. Things went as smoothly as possible and it wouldn't have been possible without you all. Looking forward to doing it all again next year. And for those of you that didn’t make it this year, we expect to see you there. CHEERS!!

P.S. A big thank you to Dan Woodall. The home brew competition would not have been possible without your help.

Good Beer Festival 2012

That’s right people. Its time for the 3rd annual Good Beer Festival. As some of you know already, this year we will be holding the first annual Good Beer Home Brew Competition on Sunday. Due to the short notice there were approx 40 entries. Not bad for 2 months heads up. Next year that number will surely increase. Judging is set to begin around noon on Sunday with results being announced around 5 to 5:30. Everything is very fluid being as this is the first stab at this. Atomic Donkey will not be competing in the contest due to no brew being ready. This will also change next year.

Keep your fingers crossed for a smooth competition. If you are looking for a lot of fun this weekend come on out to the festival. Saturday is a lot busier than Sunday but there are also more breweries present. Both days are a blast. Hope to see you all there. CHEERS!

Is That A Keg In Your Fridge Or Are You Just Happy

The answer is, both!! No more bottling brew that’s meant for staff. Only bottles now are for orders. We are so excited. We will be taking our first pull off of it tonight. A nice Chocolate Stout. Its going to be a great night.. CHEERS!