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Old 02-09-2011, 04:13 PM   #1
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Default All-Grain - Four Peaks Kiltlifter Clone

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Safale S-04
Yeast Starter: Only if you use liquid
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5
Original Gravity: 1.060
Final Gravity: 1.014
IBU: 22
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: 16SRM
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 2 Weeks
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 2 Weeks
Tasting Notes: Smokey, fairly malty, a little toasty, but very clean

Assuming 82% efficiency (Add 2-row if you get less):

9.5lbs 2-Row
1lb Crystal 80L
8oz Carapils
2oz Roasted Barely (This is the 300L RB. If you have 500L cut it back to 1.5oz, or maybe even 1oz)
0.5-1oz Peat Smoked Malt. This part is personal preference, I like a little less peat (0.5oz). Don't go over 1oz, this stuff is potent.
1.5oz Kent Goldings @ 60min
Mash @ 151*

Ferment with Safale S-04, WLP007, or your favorite highly flocculate British strain @ 62-64*. Definitely ferment this on the cool side. I'd even be tempted to go as low as 60*. I'd lean towards WLP002 or WLP007 rather than S04, which tends to leave a tart 'twang' to the beer. The cleaner english yeasts are better for this beer.

Targets: OG:1.060, FG: 1.014, SRM: 16, IBU: 22, ABV: 6.0%

This turns out dangerously close to the real Kiltlifter. The only difference I can taste is some subtle yeast characters that would be hard to match without Four Peaks exact strain. This is a pretty simple, malt forward Scottish with some smokey notes, and light heat from the alcohol.

I'll post a picture next to the real-deal in the next 3-5 days, I'm waiting for the last little bit of chill-haze on my current batch to fall out.

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Old 02-24-2011, 11:38 PM   #2
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Finally! I have been waiting for someone with adequate beer knowledge to come up with this. How did it turn out? This one is definitely on deck for me.

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Old 02-27-2011, 05:10 PM   #3
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Almost identical. I used a touch too much roasted barley(3oz) so mine was a little too dark(a few SRM), and a touch too toasty, but I'm splitting hairs here. Also next time I make this, I will ferment colder. Probably 60-62*.

1oz of the peat smoked was dead on, just make sure they measure it carefully. It's easy to overpower a beer with that stuff.

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Old 02-28-2011, 04:27 PM   #4
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Just out of curiosity, what did you ferment at?

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Old 03-01-2011, 02:24 AM   #5
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64, but I'd go a little lower next time.

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Old 06-22-2011, 08:18 PM   #6
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Gotta try this. I love Kiltlifter

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yeah, I love this beer: relocated from Gilbert, AZ to Eden, NC and have been missing this; am definitely going to try this. thank you for the research and recipe

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Old 12-28-2011, 09:16 PM   #8
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Man had this on a layover to Vegas lived it. I'm going to brew this. Did you use just an American two row?

What about using golden promise or marris otter?

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Im introducing a friend to brewing next week. Kilt Lifter is a good familiar brew so I think this recipe will be the one we go with for his first "Brew day"

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I did this one as my first brew also. It's fantastic! My LHBS had a great recipe for me. Turned out a little sweet, probably due to my excitement and stopping the fermentation too soon. Still a great batch though!

Mine was a extract adaptation.

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