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King’s Ransom Ale – Old World Smoked Strong Ale HomeBrew Recipe

Kings Ransom Ale
Kings Ransom Ale
Kings Ransom Ale


Recipe Type: All Grain
Size: 5 Gallons
Beer Style: Smoked Strong Ale
Target ABV: 7%
Target IBUs: 45
5/ 5

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Posted August 6, 2013 by


All Grain HomeBrew Recipe for an Old World Smoked Strong Ale

Profile: An ancient ale recipe dating back to the 1500′s which was reportedly brewed by a King’s master brewer. The recipe was a heavily guarded secret until the King was captured and held for ransom, in trade for the recipe. The recipe was found buried in the rubble of an old stone castle in Northern Germany, and has been modernized to the best of our ability. Commercially smoked malt replaces wood-fire dried malt.

The beer has a rich reddish-brown color and intense aromas of smoke and earthy hops. Medium-bodied with flavors of sweet and toasted malts, dank earthy hops, and smoke. The finish is smooth and balanced with moderate bitterness.



5 lbs Oak-Smoked Wheat Malt (Weyermann)

2 lbs Beechwood Smoked Malt (Weyermann)

4 lbs. Munich Light Malt

2 lbs Vienna Malt

1 lb Abbey Malt (Weyermann)

12 oz. CaraRed (Weyermann)

4 oz. Chocolate Rye

4 oz. CaraMunich


2 oz. East Kent Goldings 5%a, 60 minutes

1 oz. East Kent Goldings 5%a, 30 minutes

1 oz. East Kent Goldings 5%a, 10 minutes

Other: 1 lb of rice hulls to help with sticky wheat mash

Yeast: White Labs WLP028 Edinburgh Scottish Ale Yeast or Wyeast 1728 Scottish Ale

Dry-Hops: 2 oz. East Kent Goldings


Mash all grains with rice hulls for 1 hour at 152 degrees.

Sparge at 170 degrees.

One hour boil with hop regimen above.

Ferment at 63-68 degrees.

Rack to secondary and age for 6 weeks. Add dry hops for the last 10 days.

One User Review


    Would tweak this with some big myrtle, heather honey, and sweet gale.


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