Sunday, October 6, 2013

Celebration Day

I was itching to brew this weekend, but was ambivalent to the style, so I asked Mrs. HolzBrew what style she is craving.  Back story, she is 8 months pregnant and this beer will be ready to drink right around the time she can drink beer again!  We currently have a dubbel, hoppy red and porter on draft, so she wanted something light, malty, and fruity.  We decided upon a saison.

Saison is such a fun style to brew due to the incredible amount of latitude with-in the style, and I have brewed several.  Almost any sort of spice or fruit is fair game in a saison, or instead, you can keep it clean and go without excessive additives.  Saisons can be funky, sour, hoppy, or floral.  Also, I note people have been brewing black saisons lately, which is a cool innovation.  Basically, saison is defined as almost any wort fermented with a saison yeast strain.  Within the yeast selection there are several belgian and french strains.  I really like the Wyeast french saison varietal, unfortunately, it was not available at the local HBS yesterday when I stopped by.  Consequently, I ended up with White Labs 585.  I've never used this strain before, but it looked just right.  Both tart and fruity.

It was a rainy day, but things went pretty well.  No major set backs.  I used a mix of 2 row, unmalted red winter wheat, and oatmeal for the fermentables.  I would have loved to have added some belgian pilsner, but I've got a ton of 2 row around the house and I couldn't justify buying pilsner malt on my grad student budget.  I also probably would have liked to have used malted wheat, but I had the the red wheat around the house.  The hop profile is 100% Saaz, simple and beautiful.  The color turned out really light and clear as can be seen below:

If I can swing it, I may try to brew up a Brett Trois IPA next week.  I'd read a lot of great things about these all brett beers lately and I figure I might try my hand at it.  Below is the recipe from today's foray into familiar Belgian territory.

Celebration Day

Style: Saison
Type:Calories: 206
Rating: 0.0Boil Size: 5.83 Gal
IBU's: 32.71Batch Size: 5.00 Gal
Color:    5.2 SRM  Boil Time: 60 minutes
Preboil OG: 1.061

Brew Date:-10/06/2013
ABV:7.07 %5.89 %
Efficiency:70 %59 %
Serve Date:10/06/2013/ /

Grains & Adjuncts
9.75 lbs69.64 %Pale Malt (2 Row) US60 mins1.036
3.00 lbs21.43 %Rahr Red Wheat60 mins1.037
1.00 lbs7.14 %Oats, Flaked60 mins1.037
4.00 ozs1.79 %Acid Malt60 mins1.027
AmountIBU'sNameTimeAA %
2.00 ozs25.10Saaz60 mins4.00
1.00 ozs7.60Saaz20 mins4.00
2.00 ozs0.00Saaz0 mins4.00
AmountNameLaboratory / ID
1.0 pkgBelgian SaisonWhite Labs 585
1.00 tspBlack Pepper15 minsBoil
0.40 ozCoriander Seed15 minsBoil
1.00 ozWhirlfloc Tablet15 minsBoil
Mash Profile

Light Body Infusion75 min @ 150.0°F
 Add 17.50 qt ( 1.25 qt/lb ) water @ 166.3°F

 Sparge 15.10 qt of 170.0°F water over 60 mins

Keep the tanks bubbling!


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