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Ted Teuscher
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Post Number: 6
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 66.6.96.225
Posted on Friday, September 16, 2005 - 09:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Has anyone else had a Skull Splitter Ale produced by Orkney Brewery located in Scotland I believe? What style of beer is this? Does anyone have a clone recipe or suggestions?

Thanks in advance,
Ted
 

Dave Bossie
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Post Number: 141
Registered: 05-2005
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Posted on Friday, September 16, 2005 - 10:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Although I haven't had it in a while, I think it was a British Barley Wine-ish/Strong Scottish type. Big and malty, but not too bitter. Here's a site about it http://www.legendslimited.com/skull.html
I don't have a recipe for it though.
Dave
 

Tom Gardner
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Post Number: 684
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Posted on Friday, September 16, 2005 - 10:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Skull Splitter Ale is a Strong Scotch Ale (Wee Heavy). Here is a great recipe from Scott Abene for a clone of Traquair House Ale which is also a Wee Heavy. www.skotrat.com

This Homebrew Recipe was added by
Skotrat on November 12, 1997 at 19:50:39:
(Please contact them if you have questions about the Recipe)
Brewing Method: All Grain
Yeast: Wyeast 1728 Scottish Ale
Yeast Starter: 1/2 US gallon at High Krausen
Batch Size: 11 US Gallons
Original Gravity: 1.085
Final Gravity: 1.020
Alcohol Content: 8.64 %
Total Grains: 32.79 US Pounds
Color: 12-22 (depending on carmelization)
Extract Efficiency: 75 %
Hop IBU's: 28.6
Boiling Time: 2 hours
Primary Fermentation: 10 days @ 62f
Secondary Fermentation: 10 days @ 58f
Additional Fermentation: 2 months in brite tanks @ 45f

Grain Bill:

32.48 lb. Scottish Malting GOLDEN PROMISE PALE ALE 2 ROW (99%)
.31 lb. Roast Barley (1%)

Hop Bill:

1.57 oz. N. BREWER 6.9% 45 min
1.57 oz. N. BREWER 6.9% 35 min

Mash Schedule:

Single Step Mash:

90 minutes @ 154
10 minutes @ 168

Brewers Notes:

Yeast: WYEAST Scottish Ale

1728 Scottish Ale
Rich, smokey, peaty character ideally suited
for scottish style ales, smoked beers and
high gravity ales. Flocculation - high;
apparent attenuation - 69-73%. (55-70F)

Notes:

Remove two gallons of first runnings and Carmelize it (boil down to about 1 pint and add back to boil). This will give the richer taste that you find in this finebeer.

Collect 15 gallons of Run-off and boil down to your 10 1/2 gallon target (the other 1/2 gallon will come from the 1/2 gallon starter of yeast slurry that you have made in advance).

Add 2-3 teaspoons of Irish Moss into the boil just because.

Traquair is the finest of all Scottish Ales. Their recipe is pretty easy and straight forward. 99% Pale Ale Malt, 1% Roasted Barley and 25-37 IBU's.

I have found this to be the common thread for this brew after reviewing about 30-40 recipes from Homebrewers that have cloned this brew.

About 1/2 of the recipes claimed that Traquair uses East Kent Goldings as the hop and the Other claim that Northern Brewer is the Hop.

I chose Northern Brewer because I am very fond of them as base hops.

I hope you like the recipe and if you brew it please let me know how it turned out and any changes that you have made.






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Bill Pierce
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Post Number: 3498
Registered: 01-2002
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Posted on Saturday, September 17, 2005 - 01:04 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Skotrat would call this recipe "godly." I've had it, and it's a good one.
 

tim roth
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Post Number: 298
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Saturday, September 17, 2005 - 02:20 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have had Skull Splitter. Nice beer!

"Scotch ale" would be my name for it. Strong and malty!
cheers, tim
 

Colby Enck
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Post Number: 249
Registered: 06-2003
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Posted on Saturday, September 17, 2005 - 10:14 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

How does Golden Promise compare to Maris Otter?

I'm not a huge Scotch Ale fan, but I do enjoy this one. btw, Clone Brews has a Skull Splitter recipe.
 

BrewBurd
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Post Number: 41
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Saturday, September 17, 2005 - 11:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The label says "product of Scotland" "brewed and bottled in the Orkney Brewery, Perthshire, Scotland"
"imported by Legends Ltd,Baltimore MD" The ABV listed on the label is 8.5% Orkney is a Scottish island just off the northern tip of Scotland.The label does not say what style it is.
 

BrewBurd
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Post Number: 44
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Posted on Saturday, September 17, 2005 - 12:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My mistake, the label does call it an ale "Orkney Ale". Guess that's a style, but leaves it quite open to what type of ale.
 

Fred Bonjour
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Post Number: 27
Registered: 09-2005
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Posted on Saturday, September 17, 2005 - 03:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

From their website
SkullSplitter is a Scottish strong ale with a distinctive flavor and a powerful kick (8.5 ABV),

Fred
http://beerdujour.com/AwardWinningRecipes.htm
 

Bill Moore
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Post Number: 350
Registered: 10-2003
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Posted on Saturday, September 17, 2005 - 05:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I might have to try Skotrats recipe.
I've got a Scottish light on 1728 right now that I'm going to rack next weekend.
I'll use the MO that I already have.
Might have to cut back on the batch size though.
I've got a 1/2 bbl BK. 15G would leave no room.
 

Bill Moore
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Post Number: 356
Registered: 10-2003
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Posted on Monday, September 19, 2005 - 03:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

How long does it take to boil 2G down to 1pt?
 

Chumley
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Post Number: 3643
Registered: 02-2003
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Posted on Monday, September 19, 2005 - 03:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Last week when I did this, it took about 45 minutes.
 

Skotrat
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Post Number: 1303
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Posted on Monday, September 19, 2005 - 03:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey now,

It really depends on the burner that you are using...

On a 38,000 BTU burner I can boil down this amount in less than an hour with constant stirring in a circular motion
 

Beerboy AKA The Jolly Brewer
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Posted on Monday, September 19, 2005 - 04:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I've had skullsplitter a couple of years ago and was extremely underwhelmed. Seemed to be too pasteurised. A real problem in this country (britain). Why make an effort to make a great beer and then ruin it by cooking the hell out of it when you bottle?
 

Craig Henry
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Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - 06:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have been to the Orkney's - Never had skull splitter. Where is this brewery located? Kirkwall?
 

David Spaedt
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Post Number: 131
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Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - 06:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Scott,

This beer is on my long list and I plan to do it some time in the future. Could you clarify one thing for me?

How exactly do you handle the two gallons of first runnings? Do you collect it in a seperate pot and begin reducing it immediately while you procede as normal with the rest of your brew? i.e. continue draining the mash and then eventually boiling the batch as normal, finally adding the boiled down two gallons (now one pint) back to the boil kettle which would be about half way through a ninety minute boil.

(Message edited by crockett on September 20, 2005)
 

Beertracker
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Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - 07:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I always enjoy the Skullsplitter, but by far my favorite beer they produce is the Dark Island (Scottish Export) which has twice won the Champion Beer of Scotland (2000 & 2003). It looks as if they'll be joining forces with the Atlas Brewery in Kinlochleven, Scotland on the mainland to increase production. That could be a good or a bad sign?
CHEERS! Beertracker

"From man's sweat and God's love, beer came into the world." ~ Saint Arnold of Metz (580-640) - Patron Saint of Brewers

 

Tom Gardner
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"How exactly do you handle the two gallons of first runnings? Do you collect it in a seperate pot and begin reducing it immediately while you procede as normal with the rest of your brew? i.e. continue draining the mash and then eventually boiling the batch as normal, finally adding the boiled down two gallons (now one pint) back to the boil kettle which would be about half way through a ninety minute boil. "

Exactly. Enjoy, Tom
 

Chumley
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Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - 03:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Being that I have only one propane burner, I collected 2 gallons of the 1st runnings into my brew kettle, put it on to boil, then continued sparging into another pot while the runnings were boiling. I pretty much finished sparging the same time the runnings were reduced to a pint. I probably should have used my big siphon hose to transfer the second runnings into the brew kettle, but I was lazy, and just dumped it in (oh no! HSA!) :-) Its a 1.040 bitter, anyway.