Heathers: Scotch Ale - Recipe Instructions

Purchase our Heathers: Scotch Ale recipe here.


  • 1 Bewitched Amber Ale (Yeast under lid, you won’t be using this)
  • 3 Brewmax LME - Palle
  • 4 oz Crystal 40
  • 2 oz Roasted Barley
  • 2 oz Peated Malt*
  • 1 Package Fuggle Hop Pellets (1/2 oz)
  • 1 oz Heather Tips
  • 1 Packet Safale US-04 Yeast
  • 2 Muslin Sacks
  • 1 Packet No-Rinse Cleanser

*Use half of the peated malt for a light smoky flavor, or use the whole 2 oz for a more aggressive smoke flavor, or you can leave it out altogether.

Additional Information:

  • OG: 1.081 (approx.) -- FG: 1.020(approx.)
  • Flavor: Malty
  • ABV (alc/vol): 7.8%
  • SRM (Color): 21
  • IBU (Bitterness): 24
  • BJCP Style: 32. Smoked Beer – 32B. Specialty Smoked Beer



Follow the steps outlined in your Mr. Beer Kit Instructions. (You can find a copy of these instructions to download by visiting our help desk.)



Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case, a malt brewing extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation.

  1. Using a measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot.
  2. Add the grains to a Muslin Sack and bring your water up to above 155 degrees F.
  3. Add the grain sack to the hot water and steep for 30 minutes between 155-165 degrees.
  4. Carefully lift the grain sack out of the pot and place into a strainer/colander. Rinse the sack over the pot with 1 cup of hot water. Let drain. Do NOT squeeze the grain bag. Discard grain bag.
  5. Remove the yeast packet from under the lid of the Brewing Extract (you won’t be using this yeast), then place the unopened can in hot tap water.
  6. Bring the grain water to a boil, then remove from heat.
  7. Open the can of Brewing Extract and the 3 LME Softpacks and pour the contents into the hot mixture. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called “wort”.
  8. Place the contents of the Fuggle hops and Heather Tips into a hop sack and trim away excess material and add to the wort.
  9. Fill keg with cold tap water to the #1 mark on the back.
  10. Pour the wort into the keg (including the hop sack), then bring the volume of the keg to the #2 mark by adding more cold water. Stir vigorously with the spoon or whisk.
  11. Sprinkle the yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.
  12. Put your keg in a location with a consistent temperature between 65° and 76° F (20°-25° C) and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 14 days.
  13. After approximately 24 hours, you will be able to see the fermentation process happening by shining a flashlight into the keg. You'll see the yeast in action in the wort. The liquid will be opaque and milky, you will see bubbles rising in the liquid, and there will be bubbles on the surface.

Your fermentation will usually reach its peak at about 5 days (this is also known as “high krausen”). You may see a layer of foam on top of the wort, and sediment will accumulate at the bottom of the fermenter. This is totally normal. Complete fermentation will take approximately 2-3 weeks.

After high krausen the foam and activity will subside and your batch will appear to be dormant. Your beer is still fermenting. The yeast is still at work slowly finishing the fermentation process.


Follow the steps outlined in your Mr. Beer Kit Instructions. (You can find a copy of these instructions to download by visiting our help desk.)