Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Brewery Trial Recipe - Tragic Magic: Session Saison 3.0

Yes it is Fall.  Yes I just brewed a beer that fits perfectly in Summer.  Yes, I did this on purpose.  The recipe is starting to dial in for my Session Saison, but it isn't there quite yet.  I really enjoy this beer, but it needs a little more work, so I brewed it again even though we are headed into times of darker nights and darker beers.  I want to have a fresh memory of where the last batch was while comparing this batch.  And, I am also bringing the team (thus far) for the brewery over for a tasting and cheese pairing and needed all of my Flagships ready for sampling.  I also need to ensure that this a beer I will want to drink in the dead of Winter, because if I won't drink it, not many others will, and if no one wants to drink it year round, it shouldn't really be a Flagship.  I am still trying to dial in the spicing, for this version I added some peppercorns to get some peppery bite and left out one of the original spices which really needs to remain from initial tastings of this batch (it is missing something great compared to previous batches).   I am also playing with the hops as one of them throws this herbal tea bag astringency thing that I am not too fond of (I think it is the Crystal since it doesn't show up in the IPA).  I also took a shot at adding Lacto a day before the yeast strains on half this go round to see how it works out with a touch of tartness and lower pH.  We'll see how these adjustments do and then go from there on the next iteration, but for now, it still drinks nice when doing yard work.  As an added bonus, I have a culture of a Brett strain growing up at the moment that I plan on adding to a case of bottles to see what a little aging will do to this one.

NAME: Tragic Magic
STYLE: Farmhouse Ale
TYPE: All Grain
SIZE:  11.5 gallons
OG: 1.038
FG:  1.003
ABV: 4.6%
SRM: 6
IBU: 45 (Modified Tinseth)

Efficeincy: 89% (mash)

Grain Bill:

Pilsner Malt, Vienna Malt, Flaked Oats, Chocolate Malt, Sugar

Hop Bill:

Crystal, Meridian, Nugget


Crisp, dry, bitter.


Blend for fruit and earth/spice


Spiced and Dry Hopped.  Half received Lacto plantarum 36 hours pre yeast.

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