Moylan’s Brewery’s Kilt-Lifter Wee Heavy clone
(10 gallons/38 L, all-grain)
OG = 1.081 FG = 1.018
IBU = 25 SRM = 16 ABV = 8.3%
30 lbs. Belgian pils malt
2 lbs. (0.91 kg) British crystal malt (40° L)
1 lb. Belgian Special B
2 lb. Belgian Caravienne malt
6 AAU Perle hop pellets (60 min.) (0.75 oz./21 g at 8% alpha acids)
4 AAU Hallertauer pellets (30 min.) (1 oz./28 g at 4% alpha acids)
8 AAU Perle hop pellets (30 min.) (1 oz./28 g at 8% alpha acids)
4 AAU Hallertauer hop pellets (5 min.) (1 oz./28 g at 4% alpha acids)
2 Tbsp. Irish moss
Wyeast 1968 (London ESB ale)
2/3 cup corn sugar for priming
Step by Step
Mash grains in 11 gal. (41.5 L) water near 168 °F (76 °C). Target temp is 155 °F (68 °C). Hold at 155 °F (68 °C) for 60-90 min., or until conversion is done. Sparge with 5-6 gal. (19-23 L) water at 170 °F (77°C), collecting 12 gal. (45 L) wort.
Total boil is 60 min. Bring to boil and add 0.75 oz. Perle hop pellets. Boil 30 min. Add 1 oz. Hallertauer pellets and 1 oz. Perle pellets. Boil 25 min. more. Add 1 oz. Hallertauer pellets and 2 Tbsp. Irish moss. Boil five min. There should be about 10.5 gallons (40 L) in the boil kettle at the end of the boil. Cool and pitch an active starter of Wyeast 1968.
Keg or bottle when fermentation is complete. Don’t rush it. This is a big beer.
Written by BYO Staff
The recipe for Kilt-Lifter, the wee heavy they pour at Moylan’s, was developed in 10-gallon batches during Paddy Giffen’s days as a homebrewer. It’s unusual because it uses German hop varieties that are not traditional to this style.