Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Recipe: Summer Saison - Light It Up & Dbl R Motha F****a

After killing my non-Brett version of the Spring Saison in a matter of weeks before even getting to review it, I needed to get a new Saison on tap. I also wanted to play with a few fun Brett strains I recently acquired as well as a few I had already (by bottling with a single strain per 6 pack). I also needed to have more than one keg of the Saison to drink so I had it on tap for at least a month if not longer. So I pushed my system to the max, a 17.25 gallon boil in a 17.5 gallon kettle, and 14+ gallons of beer in my 1/2 barrel keg fermenter (15.5 gallons). Other than being a little low on volume upon kegging (sampling and stealing a qt worth to force carb fast in a 1 liter soda bottle), it went really well. 

I wanted a super dry, lowish ABV, that is light, rustic, and crushable. A base of Pils, Flaked Wheat, Flaked Oats, and sugar sure kept the color super light, finish dry, and malt bill rustic. I was afraid when I pulled the samples that there would be no malt flavor with how light it was, but it still has a decent maltiness with cereal and crackers dominating. I went with the same hopping on this batch as I did in the Spring Saison since I enjoyed it so much. The Citra at the end helps play up the lemon notes that the yeast throws. Super drinkable.

OG 1.038
FG 1.001
ABV 4.9%
IBU 32

75 mins mash @ 145
51% Pilsner Malt
18% Flaked Red Wheat
8% Vienna Malt
8% Flaked Oats
5% Belgian Aromatic
5% Acid Malt
5% Sucrose

Calcium Sulfate

35 min boil
35 Nugget
25 Hallertaur
10 Tettnang
FO Hallertaur, Tettnang, Citra

2 weeks @ 80+
90% Belgian Saison
10% French Saison

Keg 1 – Straight @ 3.2vols CO2
Keg 2 – Rooibos Tea & Red Rose Petals
Keg 3 - 4 gallons - Bottled with single strains of Brettanomyces in 6 packs to age

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