Saisons were designed to be light, crisp, dry, refreshing beers that you could crush during yard work. They were truly the original lawn-mower beer. When doing my research for what beers to have in rotation for the brewery, I saw that a lot of brewers have a beer that is designed for this purpose. Most are Blonde Ales or Wheat Ales, others are a Pils or Helles of some sort, still a few more run with a Kolsch or Cream Ale. The thing that all of these beers have in common is not only color and sessionability, but the lower flavor punch factor. But of course I am not aiming for low flavor punch, their is a reason why the name is End of Silence and the Tag-Line is Let The Yeast Speak! I want it loud. So I went for loud with this little beer. I wanted a depth to the malt so the Vienna is a little higher than other beers in the rotation, and the hopping is high enough to get a nice burst under the complexity of the yeast esters and phenols. A light hand of spicing adds a nice layer in there too, just enough to help the yeast sing, but not overpower it. Next iteration will get a little more sugar to drive the FG down a few more points, dry it out some more, and boost the ABV up to the desired 4.5% ABV.
STYLE: Farmhouse Ale
TYPE: All Grain
SIZE: 11.25 gallons
IBU: 31 (Modified Tinseth)
Efficeincy: 90% (mash)
Pilsner Malt, Vienna Malt, Flaked Oats, Chocolate Malt, Sugar
Crystal, Meridian, Nugget
Crisp, dry, rounded.
Blend for fruit and earth/spice.
Dry Hopped 1/2, spice blend on other 1/2.