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Old 06-22-2010, 10:48 PM   #1
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May 2010
Amish Country, PA
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I just opened the first bottle of the Brewers Best Scottish Ale that I brewed on 5/14. Its been carbing for about 2 weeks. It tastes good, but a little on the smoky side compared to other Scottish Ales I've had. I'm wondering if anyone else has made this particular kit and had similar results. There were 2 things that won't slightly funky when I brewed this up. 1...when steeping the grains, I accidentally let the temp run up to about 170F for a few minutes and 2...the fermentation temp got a little high at 74F. I used the Danstar Windsor yeast that comes with the kit. It still tastes great...just more like a Scottish Rauch ale..maybe aging in the fridge will mellow out a little more but its missing that caramel sweetness that I'm used to. TIA

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Old 06-23-2010, 12:02 AM   #2
Oct 2009
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I had the same result from this kit seamed very much on the smoky side with not much other flavor.

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Old 06-23-2010, 01:22 AM   #3
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Massillon, Ohio
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I had an Amber Ale that used Windsor and the temps got a little high too and it had a "funk" to it. Mine wasn't smokey, but more earthy. I think that the higher fermentation temp might have something to do with it. But hey if it tastes good thats all that matters!

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Old 06-23-2010, 01:29 AM   #4
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Ive made it before and it definitely mellowed over time. RDWHAHB
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Old 06-26-2010, 01:41 AM   #5
May 2010
Lubbock, Tx
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Brewed this just after Christmas and I'd definitely agree that it's on the smokey side. I was a bit disappointed at first but rather enjoy it now.

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