Tuesday, December 27, 2011

"Old Speckeled Hen" Clone: English Ale Yeast Vs. Irish Ale Yeast

By: Orion Chandler

According to the website for Old Speckled Hen, the ale tastes as follows:
"Old Speckled Hen" has a full, smooth flavour and is very easy to drink. Its rich amber colour and superb fruity aromas are complemented by a delicious blend of malty tastes. Toffee and malt combine with bitterness on the back of the tongue to give a balanced sweetness. This is followed by a refreshingly dry finish."

I tasted this years ago and was intrigued by the sweet and balanced flavors this ale has to offer. I decided to split the batch between two yeasts as usual. I used White Labs Irish Ale Yeast, and White Labs English Ale Yeast. Here is the 1 gallon batch that I brewed:

Old Speckled Hen Clone
0- Untitled Style
Author: Clone Brews
Date: 12/20/2011
Size: 1.0 gal
Efficiency: 75.0%
Attenuation: 75.0%
Calories: 178.74 kcal per 12.0 fl oz
Original Gravity: 1.054 (1.000 - 1.100)
Terminal Gravity: 1.013 (1.000 - 1.100)
Color: 11.91 (0.0 - 50.0)
Alcohol: 5.28% (0.0% - 10.0%)
Bitterness: 33.9 (0.0 - 50.0)
2.5 oz Caramel Malt 60L
1 lb Dry Light Extract
1 oz White Table Sugar (Sucrose)
.8 oz Dry Wheat
.13 oz Northern Brewer (9.1%) - added during boil, boiled 60.0 m
.05 oz Northern Brewer (9.1%) - added during boil, boiled 15 m
.15 oz Goldings (5.7%) - added during boil, boiled 15 m
1 tsp Irish Moss - added during boil, boiled 15 m
.2 oz Goldings (5.7%) - added during boil, boiled 0 m
1 ea White Labs WLP004 Irish Stout
Ambient Air: 70.0 °F
Source Water: 60.0 °F
Elevation: 0.0 m

Both have healthy krausen levels and flocculation seems normal between the two.

12/19/11 Yeast starter created with fermaid-k added(just a pinch)
12/20/2011 - Brewed today, the final gravity was 1.050, tasted good and I foresee nothing bad about this batch. I split it between White Labs English Ale Yeast, and White Labs Irish Ale Yeast.
I boiled down to 1/5th of a gallon, then added refrigerated distilled water which brought the temp down to 70 degrees instantly!
Results generated by BeerTools Pro 1.5.20

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