Yesterday while shoveling 20+ inches of snow here in New England, I let my mind drift to brewing to keep myself entertained. I reminded myself of a warming little beverage that Ray Daniels of Designing Great Beers fame has talked about on occasion. Its called a Hot Scotchie. The Hot Scotchie is made by combining your favorite Scotch with some warm fresh wort from your first runnings of the lauter tun during a brew session. Now don’t get your snow pants in a bunch if you don’t do all grain. You can simply pull a mug full of wort from your extract brew pre boil. Try 160-170F or so, like during a mash out. Pre-hopped I’d imagine would be best too.
Sounded like a perfect cure for a cold and over used back after shoveling. Hot Scotchies are the perfect reason to plan an outdoor brew session in the cold of winter. I’ll have to remember to give it a try on my next outdoor brew day.
Now to go pick an adequate Scotch for the occasion.