American Pale Ale Winning Recipe 2017

James Collins Gold Medal and Best in Show winning recipe  “APA”

Recipe Specifications


Boil Size: 30.03 l
Post Boil Volume: 25.00 l
Batch Size (fermenter): 25.00 l
Bottling Volume: 24.00 l

Estimated OG: 1.055 SG
Estimated Color: 9.9 EBC
Estimated IBU: 34.3 IBUs
Boil Time: 60 Minutes



6.166 kg             Pale Malt – Mungoswells
0.200 kg            Cara-Pils/Dextrine
12.00 g               Citra [12.00 %] – Boil 60.0 min
14.00 g               Citra [12.00 %] – Boil 15.0 min
12.00 g               Cascade [8.00 %] – Boil 15.0 min
12.00 g               Citra [12.00 %] – Steep/Whirlpool
10.00 g               Cascade [6.00 %] – Steep/Whirlpool
1.0 pkg               California Ale (White Labs #WLP001)
40.00 g              Cascade [8.00 %] – Dry Hop 5.0 Days
30.00 g              Simcoe [13.00 %] – Dry Hop 5.0 Days
20.00 g              Citra [12.00 %] – Dry Hop 5.0 Days

General Recipe

English IPA Winning Recipe 2017

Malcolm Cruickshanks’ Gold Medal Winning recipe   for English IPA

Boil Size: 27l
Post Boil Vol:24l
Batch Size (Fermenter):23l
Estimated OG: 1.060
Estimated Colour:7.7 SRM
Estimated IBU:57.8 IBU

Boil Time: 60 min

6kg pale
200g crystal (Medium)

Recirculating Mash 1hr at 65 c with 13.9 l
Sparge to 27 l
60 min Boil
70g challenger at start
35g EKG for 15
Tsp Irish moss for 15
35g EKG at flame out 15 min rest
Safale S-04 at 18c for 2 weeks.

Bottle conditioned at around 12/upwards of 18 for 3-4 weeks.

General Recipe

Ordinary Bitter Winning Recipe 2017

Andrew Hannons’ Gold Medal Bitter winning recipe “Unlike the Murphys”

Recipe Specifications

Boil Size: 32.50 l
Post Boil Volume: 29.00 l
Batch Size (fermenter): 27.28 l
Bottling Volume: 24.28 l

Estimated OG: 1.040 SG
Estimated Color: 9.4 SRM
Estimated IBU: 35.4 IBUs

Boil Time: 60 Minutes


32.00 g               PH 5.2 Stabilizer (Mash 60.0 mins)
4.00 kg               Pale Malt (2 Row)
0.65 kg               Munich Malt
0.25 kg               Barley, Flaked
0.18 kg               Crystal, Dark
0.09 kg               Crystal, Extra Dark
30.00 g               Magnum [10.00 %] – Boil 60.0 min
1.00 tsp              Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins)
1.50 tsp              Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 mins)
23.00 g               East Kent Goldings (EKG) [5.00 %] – Boil Hop
40.00 g               East Kent Goldings (EKG) [5.00 %] – Boil Hop
1.0 pkg               SafAle English Ale

Club Meeting – Don’t miss out!!!!!

It’s time for the big club meeting – the highlight of the SCB calendar.

FREE to members and only £2 to non members
£7 for Davie’s legendary curry lunch.

What to expect…

Members have brewed single hop beers for us to taste and compare so you can learn about hops flavours from all over the world.

Prof Alex Speers from Heriot Watt University comes to talk to us about hops and brewing.

Get up close and personal, ask question and learn about both the Grainfather and the Braumeister systems and what it’s like to brew with them.

Win some fantastic prizes donated by members – remember to bring a prize to donate.

Lunches at SCB meetings are legendary but do let us know if you have any weird and wonderful dietary requirements.

Bring your homebrew to let others taste it and give you feedback, after all that’s the biggest benefit of belonging to a homebrewing club, get help to make your beer better.



SCB BBQ 2015 Beer Winner, The Recipe

SCB BBQ Winner 2015
SCB BBQ Winner 2015

Citra and Simcoe Strong Bitter
Method: BIAB / BM

Style: Pale Ale
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 18 litres (fermenter volume)
Boil Size: 25 litres
Original Gravity: 1.050
Final Gravity: 1.010
ABV (standard): 5.25%
IBU: 40.62


Amount               Fermentable                                   PPG          °L            Bill %
3.3 kg      United Kingdom – Maris Otter Pale              38           3.75        88.6%
0.3 kg      United Kingdom – Munich                            37           6              8.1%
0.125 kg  United Kingdom – Cara Malt                        35           17.5         3.4%
3.73 kg  Total


Amount               Variety Type         AA          Use                                       Time       IBU
20 g        Citra        Leaf/Whole         14           Boil                                    60 min    40.62
5 g          Citra        Leaf/Whole         14           Whirlpool at 90 °C            10 min
25 g        Simcoe   Leaf/Whole         12.7         Whirlpool at 90 °C            10 min


Mash Guidelines

Amount Description             Temp      Time
25 L         Mash                  42 C        10 min
—             Mash                  65 C        70 min
—             Mash                  73 C        10 min
—             Mash                  78 C        10 min


Scottish Craft Brewers – The BBQ

The first SCB BBQ has come and gone, good beer has been drunk and great food eaten!  If you weren’t there here’s what you missed.

Our first BBQ and the plan was to keep it quite safe venue wise, our President (Malcolm) mentioned that his parents’ home would be a great venue.  A permanent BBQ area, shelter on the odd chance the Scottish weather wouldn’t be kind to us and just off the public transport route, perfect!

The garden is huge and had plenty room to move around in, the kids really enjoyed running wild!

We decided to have a couple of friendly competitions both to be judged by the people at the BBQ, a Beer comp, we are the SCB after all and a Beer Based food comp, no categories, no styles the only criteria was….Beer in everything…simples!

BBQ foods 2015
Some of the incredible food in the competition

The Beer competition was quite a hotly contested affair with entries including a Beer with Ginger, a Black IPA, a Stone Beer (for more info ask Aled), a Galaxy smash and the winner which was a Pale Ale from Eli.
Quite a dizzying array of beers all of which I would happily consume until I couldn’t!

SCB BBQ 2015
Eli – Beer winner

The Beer in Food comp was another hotly contested comp with (in order in which they should be eaten!) Bread, Pretzels, 2 different joints of Brisket, Ribs, Cheesecake, Peanut Butter bars and the eventual (after a recount\revote) winner Beer Nuts.
All in all the two competitions provided enough beer and food to feed the participants with loads left over.

SCB BBQ 2015
Gordon – Food Winner
Eli- Beer Champion Gordon - Food Champion SCB BBQ 2015
Eli- Beer Champion
Gordon – Food Champion
SCB BBQ 2015

A great day was had by all and already looking forward to next year!
Massive thanks to Stuart for all the grilling he did and Malcs parents Colin and May for their hospitality!

SCB BBQ 2015
SCB BBQ 2015


Scottish Craft Brewers Summer BBQ

The first Annual SCB BBQ will be held in the Liberton area of Edinburgh (you can get a 7, 37 or 47 bus).

22 August at 13:00

Venue will be sent out nearer the time. Friends, Family Kids all welcome.

SCB will provide the BBQ basics, the rest (beer, wine, fatted calf etc) is up to you!

Please contact or join the event on our facebook page to let us know you are coming.


Club meeting

The club’s next meeting will be held on January 25th 2015.

The meeting will be at Elgin House, Easter Road, Edinburgh (Blue door next to Iceland at the top of Easter Rd on Sunday 25 January 11 am to 4pm.

The programme includes: the judging and sampling of our beer competition entries; sampling of the 3 brews done by members at Stewart’s Craft Beer Kitchen in November.

Davie Martin will again be providing his usual excellent lunch.  We would like to know if you are

(a) attending,
(b) taking lunch, and
(c) requiring a vegetarian lunch.

Can you please email to let him know so that things can be arranged.