Saturday, November 29, 2008

Brew Day: Saison Hiver

So I took the yeast cake from the bottom of the Saison d' Ete and brewed a dark winter saison. It's based on the recipe from Zymurgy, adapted to the ingredients on hand.

At the last minute, instead of using the Dark Candi Sugar and Turbinado I took a 1lb cake of Palm Sugar, inverted it and caramelized it for about 45 minutes until it was quite dark and added it at 5 minutes remaining. It goes into secondary tomorrow and I'll add the vanilla bean and cinnamon then.

Also discovered that the reason my last saison's gravity was so low was that I'd underestimated the final volume. As I found out when I racked from the 6.5 gallon primary to the 5.5 gallon secondary and it overflowed all over my floor. Ooops. Tasted great though. Think I'm going to etch gallon markings onto the carboys soon.

Saison Hiver
Belgian Specialty Ale

Type: All Grain

Date: 11/6/2008

Batch Size: 5.50 gal

Brewer: Russell Everett
Boil Size: 7.78 gal Asst Brewer:
Boil Time: 90 min Equipment: Brew Pot (15 Gal) and Igloo/Gott Cooler (10 Gal)
Taste Rating(out of 50): 35.0 Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00
Taste Notes:


Amount Item Type % or IBU
11 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 70.97 %
1 lbs Munich (Cargill) (9.5 SRM) Grain 6.45 %
1 lbs Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 6.45 %
8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) Grain 3.23 %
8.0 oz Wheat Malt, Pale (Weyermann) (2.0 SRM) Grain 3.23 %
4.0 oz Carafa I (Weyermann) (320.0 SRM) Grain 1.61 %
1.50 oz Sterling [7.50 %] (60 min) Hops 30.4 IBU
0.50 oz Sterling [7.50 %] (20 min) Hops 6.1 IBU
0.11 oz Cinnamon Stick (Secondary 5.0 min) Misc
0.55 oz Vanilla Bean (Secondary 5.0 min) Misc
12.0 oz Candi Sugar, Dark (275.0 SRM) Sugar 4.84 %
8.0 oz Turbinado (10.0 SRM) Sugar 3.23 %
1 Pkgs Belgian Saison I Ale (White Labs #WLP565) Yeast-Ale

Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.079 SG

Measured Original Gravity: 1.010 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.023 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.005 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 7.44 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 0.65 %
Bitterness: 36.5 IBU Calories: 43 cal/pint
Est Color: 27.6 SRM Color:

Mash Profile

Mash Name: Single Infusion, Light Body Total Grain Weight: 14.25 lb
Sparge Water: 3.44 gal Grain Temperature: 72.0 F
Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F TunTemperature: 72.0 F
Adjust Temp for Equipment: FALSE Mash PH: 5.4 PH

Single Infusion, Light Body
Step Time Name Description Step Temp
75 min Mash In Add 4.00 gal of water at 161.5 F 149.0 F
10 min Mash Out Add 2.85 gal of water at 199.0 F 168.0 F

Mash Notes: Simple single infusion mash for use with most modern well modified grains (about 95% of the time).


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