Old Scratch Golden Strong Ale

Old Scratch Ale Golden strong is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 13.
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The story goes that an early taster of this beer style called it a "real devil," so brewers often name their Belgian Golden Strong Ale accordingly. A rich glass of Old Scratch will have subtle but noticeable bittering hops; a clean, golden, malt backbone; and fruity esters with spicy phenols. Dry hopping lends a fine, spicy, hop aroma. This one's got a dry finish, with Booster substituting for more traditional Belgian candi sugar. Strong and not too boozy, Old Scratch will need some conditioning time in the bottles to mellow out.

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    What You Get

    2 Canadian Blonde Brewing Extract (HME)

    2 Packets of Dry Brewing Yeast (Under the Lid of the Brewing Extract)

    2 Packets of Booster

    1 Packet of Saaz Pellet Hops

    2 Hop Sacks

    1 Packet of Safbrew T-58 Dry Ale Yeast

    1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

    For Fans Of

    Huyghe Brewery Delirium

    Duvel Belgian Golden Ale

    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Malty

    Original Gravity: 1.078

    Final Gravity: 1.013

    ABV: 8.4%

    SRM: (Color): 4

    IBU: (Bitterness): 29


    Cleaning is one of the most important steps in brewing. It kills microscopic bacteria, wild yeast, and molds that may cause off-flavors in your beer. Make certain to clean all equipment that comes in contact with your beer by following the directions below:

    1. Fill clean keg with warm water to line mark 1 on the back, then add ½ pack (about 1 tablespoon) of No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, the solution is ready to use. Save the remaining ½ of No-Rinse Cleanser because you will need it for bottling.

    2. Screw on lid and swirl the keg so that the cleaning solution makes contact with the entire interior of the keg, including the underside of the lid. Note that the ventilation notches under the lid may leak solution. Allow to sit for at least 2 minutes and swirl again.

    3. To clean the spigot, open it fully and allow liquid to flow for 5 seconds and then close

    4. Pour the rest of the solution from the keg into a large bowl. Place your spoon/whisk, can opener and measuring cup into the bowl to keep them cleaned throughout the brewing process. Leave them immersed for at least 2 minutes in cleaning solution prior to using.

    5. After all surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned, do not rinse or dry the keg or utensils. Return lid to top of keg, proceed immediately to brewing.


    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. Remove the yeast packet from under the lid of the cans of Brewing Extract,(not needed for
    this recipe), then place the unopened cans in hot tap water.

    2. Place ½ packet of pellet hops into the hop sack tying it closed, then trim away excess
    material. (For the remaining ½ of packet store in a Ziplock bag in the freezer. You want as little
    air as possible in the bag. You will use the remaining packet during dry hopping) 

    3. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot. Mix in
    both bags of booster and bring it to a boil. Once boiling adds in your hop sack, then remove from

    4. Open the cans of Brewing Extract and pour the contents into the hot mixture in your pot. Stir
    until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort.

    5. Fill your fermenter with cold tap water to the mark 1 on the back. If using any other fermenter
    this would be approximately 1 gallon of water.

    6. Pour the wort into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to mark 2 by
    adding more cold water. (If you have a different fermenter top it off with cold water to the 8.5-
    liter mark). 

    7. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk.

    8. Sprinkle the T-58 yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.

    Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 59° and 68° F (15°-20°
    C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 21 days.

    STEP 3: Dry-Hopping

    Dry hopping is the process of adding hops to a beer which will impart more hop flavor and
    aroma in your beer.

    1. At Day 16 of fermentation add the remaining ½ packet of Saaz Hops. Carefully remove the lid
    from your fermenter and dump the pellet hops in. Quickly close the lid.


    After 21 days, taste a small sample to determine if the beer is fully fermented and ready to bottle. If it tastes like flat beer, it is ready. If it’s sweet, then it’s not ready. Let it ferment for 3 more days (24 total). At this point, it is time to bottle. Do not let it sit in the fermenter for longer than 24 days total.

    1. When your beer is ready to bottle, fill a 1-gallon container with warm water, then add the remaining ½ pack of the No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, it is ready to use

    2. Distribute the cleaning solution equally among the bottles. Screw-on caps (or cover with a metal cap if using glass bottles) and shake bottles vigorously. Allow to sit 10 minutes, then shake the bottles again. Remove caps and empty all cleaning solutions into a large bowl. Use this solution to clean any other equipment you may be using for bottling. Do not rinse.

    3. Add 2 Carbonation Drops to each 740-mL bottle. For 1-liter bottles, add 2 ½ drops; for ½-liter bottles add 1 drop. Alternatively, you can add table sugar using this table as a guide. 

    4. Holding the bottle at an angle, fill each bottle to about 2 inches from the bottle’s top.

    5. Place caps on bottles, hand tighten, and gently turn the bottle over to check the bottle’s seal. It is not necessary to shake them.

    6. Store the bottles upright and out of direct sunlight in a location with a consistent temperature between 70°-76°F or 21°-24°C. Allow sitting for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation. 


    After the primary carbonation has taken place your beer is ready to drink. We recommend putting 1 bottle in the refrigerator at first for 48 hrs. After 48hrs. give it a try and if it is up to your liking put the rest of your beer in the fridge. If it does not taste quite right, leave the bottles out at room temp for another week or so. Keep following this method until your brew tastes just how you like it. 

    This process is called conditioning and during this time the yeast left in your beer can help clean up any off-flavors. Almost everything gets a little better with time and so will your beer

    Rated 5 out of 5 by DoubleH32 from Great Recipe! Excellent Belgian I bought this last winter as a winter/spring beer. This was one of the best recipes Mr Beer has. Even my friends said this was one of the best ones they've tried. It has a lot of malty flavor, but just the right amount of hops. Definitely want to make again with possibly some grain/mash supplemental additions. This was my first recipe with booster it was a pain getting it to un-clump in the water. Be sure to watch fermentation temps, I kept my apartment heat low trying to maintain low fermentation temps. The conditioning was recommended at 6-8 weeks when I bought it for a total brew time of about 3 months. Although its hard, I recommend letting it bottle age/condition that long for maximum enjoyment.
    Date published: 2019-09-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Rmul50 from Old Scratch Ale! This is one of the best recipes I’ve made. Definitely needs some time to mellow out but it’s worth the wait.
    Date published: 2020-08-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by BobM from Two thumbs up! This is a fantastic beer. Easy to brew and full of flavor. I am a fan of ales. Looking forward to sharing with family and friends.
    Date published: 2022-12-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Old Scratch Golden Strong Ale Great ale to share with your friends. I recommend this ale to anyone who likes Belgian ales.
    Date published: 2023-09-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by rrambo2000 from sweet beer good product good price fun to play with flavors adding huckleberry to mine
    Date published: 2021-09-06
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    this seems like to much for 8.5 liter

    Asked by: eric132
    It's a big beer, not gonna lie 8.4% is up there, but it fits. You may want a cookie sheet under your LBK just in case.
    Answered by: Mr Beer
    Date published: 2021-08-24
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