Saison series – fermé 1, Citrus

saison

Even though its snowing spring is somewhere out there, its time to begin the Saison Series, one of my ideas for this year is to brew a series of saisons and basically try to be a bit more experimental, i’m still getting to grips with the new kit, have done about 10 brews on it now and I feel my beer are greatly improving. I have now added in one of the little solar pumps to recirculate the mash and to make sparging easier.

pump

Little pump in action

The first saison in the series is going to a citrusy one, I was going to stick with a very simple malt bill of just Pilsner and wheat malt, but had some wheat flakes and carabelge to use up so chucked them in to, also feel like I might of got a little carried away with the flame out hop additions for a saison but we’ll see, and like I said time to be a bit more experimental.

For this brew the yeast a decided to go with American Farmhouse WLP670 which is a blend of saison yeast and brettanomyces. After having a few beers such as the Mikkeller yeast series with brett in I though this would be a good opportunity to get a bit of funk into a brew. After this has been in primary for a week or two I am planning on adding 1kg of tangerines and letting it sit on them for a few weeks before bottling. 

Stats
Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.055
Final Gravity: 1.014
Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
Bitterness: 40 IBU
Colour: 22 EBC

Malts
Marris O Malt 5kg
Wheat 800g
Munich 1 200g
Pale Chocolate 200g

Hops
Magnum 10g 60min
Citra 10g 20min
Galaxy 10g 10min
Citra 25g 0min
Galaxy 30g 0min

Yeast
WLP670-American Farmhouse

Updates
24/3/2013 Brewed
25/3/2013 – Bubbling away happily at 20c will let it climb to 21c

Fruit

30/3/2013 – So added the fruit and zest to this over the weekend it has dropped down to 1.008. Ended up adding the zest and pulp of 10 tangerines and one red grapefruit tried to remove as much of the pith as possible and gave it all a soak in vodka before adding to the fermenter.

20/4/2013 – Bottled smells great tasting pretty dry, very clear had dropped right down to 1.004.

 

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2 comments
  1. Interesting stuff, I got a French Saison 3711 bubbling away at the moment, and I’m doing a triple batch o thursday, splitting 30l between 566 Saison II, 568 Belgian Saison and 670 Farmhouse. Will be interesting to follow your series!

    And I guess you can’t understand much of my blog, but I’ts all good 🙂 Keep it up, I’m always interested in following your brews.

    • ashbysales said:

      Really looking forward to seeing how this one comes out, reckon it will be two months till this is ready. Will update when I add the the tangerines. Google translate works pretty well on your blog.

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