A new round on the Chicken Gravy! This has been a recipe that I’ve been working on since Winter 16’. The first few batches were complete failures, then, as more batches were made, they became more and more drinkable. I discovered a 1:1 ratio of Amarillo to Mosaic yields a light, refreshing peach taste. A buddy and I killed this keg in one day. One fun, wild, day.
It’s time to give it another go with my current knowledge and updated equipment. At first I used Us04 for this recipe and it was a drain dump. Us05 was a little better. Wy1318 got in the ballpark. I’m hoping the Tree House yeast zeros in.
Columbus, Amarillo, Mosaic (I’ve adjusted my ratios to yield a bit more Mosaic than Amarillo – adding Columbus for some depth and complexity)
Harvested from Tree House cans Julius and Green
New equipment is always fun! I was given a sweet 5 gallon mash tun from my friend John. Looks like my BIAB days are behind me! The brewer’s friend software that I use leaves a bit to be desired in terms of water volume calculations. When my subscription is up, I’ll move over to BeerSmith. I mashed 1.5q to 1lb of grain. This was a little too thin. I’d adjust down to maybe 1.2q/1lb and see what happens next time. I mashed at 152F for 70 minutes then sparged with 166F water for 10.
I was a little light on gravity at this point. I suspect the culprit was additional water. 2oz dextrose was added near the end of the boil to get me back to my OG of 1.062.
I added Columbus at 60, a blend of Columbus, Mosaic, and Amarillo at 5, the blend again for an hour long whirlpool starting at 160F (eventually dropping to 140F). I then cooled to 80F. I would have liked to go cooler, but the July ground water is only so cool. I aerated for 2 minutes using my trusty paint stirrer attachment and drill set to high speed. I then sent my Tree House warriors off to do battle and added in my initial dry hop immediately following (same as whirlpool).
I yielded just over 3 gallons of wort. Considering absorption and hopping, I should wind up with 2.5 gallons in my keg. The yeast is viable and aggressive. I’ve got some top cropping to do in case this comes out good. I don’t foresee any Tree House cans coming my way in the near future.