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Old 03-03-2013, 02:25 PM   #1
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Default Best Saison recipe?

I plan to brew a few batches of Saisons this spring and summer. But after reading up on these beers I've learned that this is a very diverse style.

If you have had a batch of Saison that you really liked I would appreciate knowing how you brewed it. This will be a 5 gallon batch, all grain. I am especially interested in recipes that were successful when fermentation temps were 75-85F.

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I love Saisons and brew them often.

Lately I have been going for simple to let the yeast shine through.

Here is a Rye Saison that I like.

7lb Belgian pils
2lb Rye
1 lb. turbinado sugar

.5 oz Sorachi Ace (10.5 AA) FWH
1 oz Sorachi Ace @ 5 minutes

Wyeast 3711.

Another version is to just to replace the rye with 1lb Munich and 1lb wheat.


Both versions are simple and tasty.

3711 is a great yeast that always ferments out low. Works in wide range of temps. Good choice for first attempts for a saison. This yeast will ferment anything.

3724 is a good yeast but can be a little finicky on temps. Unless you have a way to control temps and get them up to the high 80's or even 90 and keep it there, this yeast can stall and take a long time to finish.

There are also several good recipes in the recipe database.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f71/

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I love Saisons and brew them often.

Lately I have been going for simple to let the yeast shine through...
There are also several good recipes in the recipe database.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f71/
Thanks for the recipe and the link. Your recipe looks like just what I want for a first attempt at one of these beers. And, being new here, I hadn't figured out how to access that data base, so thanks for that as well. I agree that there are some great looking recipes and its a shame I can't just brew them all!
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Once the addiction really sets in it won't be long before you have brewed a lot of brews.

I just poured one of the Rye saisons a few minutes ago...mmmmmmmm

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Once the addiction really sets in it won't be long before you have brewed a lot of brews.

I just poured one of the Rye saisons a few minutes ago...mmmmmmmm
OK, so I'm a little jealous here! lol

So how do you combine beer and golf? Play golf to drink beer, or to work off the beer?

I try to do the latter but the beer is winning!
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The "How Rye I Am" recipe in the database is also a definite winner. I'm getting ready to brew it again soon. Brewed it once pretty much as is with just a litte Saaz for finishing - yummy. I agree with beergolf, 3711 is definitely a beast!

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OK, so I'm a little jealous here! lol

So how do you combine beer and golf? Play golf to drink beer, or to work off the beer?

I try to do the latter but the beer is winning!
I love both. I am lucky that I have a lot of free time. I play a lot of golf. I play with a bunch of hard core guys that will play all winter. I walk a lot to keep the beer from increasing my waistline. In fact I am going to play tomorrow morning. In the summer I can play several times a week.

I brew a lot. I try to brew most weeks and usually can. My wife is very understanding. She loves my brews so she supports both of my hobbies/addictions. She actualy got me into brewing. She used to travel to Euprope before Belgian beers were widely availble here. She used to bring belgians home in her luggage. I love to cook and she knew that I could brew so she bought me the stuff to get started. Now over 100 brews in I am definitely addicted.

Two great hobbies/ addictions. Two that you can never perfect. There are always ways to improve. That is the challenge. Try for the best.
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So true.

I usually get to play once a week and brew once a week. The courses are so busy on weekends that I plan a day off during the week to play golf and then have a brew-day on the weekend. Just started golf about 4 years ago and brewing last fall.

The golf is definitely harder than the brewing for me. I brewed good beer right from the start and now want to learn to get better. It's taken me over 4 years to get to the point I've broken 90 on the course!
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