Friday, May 8, 2015

Brewery Trial Recipe: Saison 1.0

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
OG: 1.037
FG:  1.005
ABV: 4.2%
SRM: 6
IBU: 31 (Modified Tinseth)

Efficeincy: 90% (mash)

Grain Bill:
Pilsner Malt, Vienna Malt, Flaked Oats, Chocolate Malt, Sugar

Hop Bill:
Crystal, Meridian, Nugget

Crisp, dry, rounded.

Blend for fruit and earth/spice.

Dry Hopped 1/2, spice blend on other 1/2.

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