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Old 02-02-2011, 12:08 AM   #1
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Default Nelson Sauvin Saison?

So in a few weeks I'm going to be brewing my saison. I make a pretty darn good saison. Typically I hop it with more noble hops (saaz hallertau and even willamette) with nothing but later additions (30 minutes is the earliest addition) and then a small amount of dry hopping.

Anywho I got my hands on a couple ounces of Nelson Sauvin hops and wasn't sure how to handle them. Everything I've read says that they're pretty intense in flavor and should be handled lightly. Anyone used them before and got some good advice?

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Old 02-02-2011, 03:19 AM   #2
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I made a wheat that was excellent. I used (for a 10 gallon batch) an ounce @ 15 mins and an ounce at 5 mins. So that translates to .5 oz at both 5 and 15 minutes for a five gallon batch. I was tempted to use more, buy I also read several warnings about taking it easy. The flavor & to a lesser degree, aroma were both there. I picked up some of that white wine flavor, but it seemed more of a general fruitiness. Much more similar to a Riesling fruit profile than normal white wine.

I would use more next time, maybe 1.5 oz (.75 for a five gallon batch) for each addition. This was around 1.050 (notes are on my laptop) for reference. Let us know how it turns out!

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Old 02-02-2011, 03:45 AM   #3
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I use them in an IIPA recipe and love it! Such a unique flavor. It's a favorite brew of mine.
I use 4 oz in that recipe, along with an equal amount of cascade. Its got a beautiful aroma and flavor. I'm real curious as to how the saison turns out.

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I've done a good handful of beers with Nelson, including a saison (that was a dark one, not a traditional). It's one of my favorite finishing hops. I typically use 1/4oz in 5 gallons right at flameout.

What saison yeast do you use? I think the Nelson could really add to a Dupont style- it's got that tropical juicyfruit thing that goes really well in small doses.

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You know, it's interesting this thread came up, as I'd never even heard of this hop before, and just last night I had a brew that was make with it...if I hadn't known better, I would have sworn it was made with a bunch of grapefruity cascade or centennial...still there was something unique about it...

I don't know what you use in your saison, but I think it could potentially complement the fruity esters of a warm ferment and the citrusy nature of coriander seed

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made a SMaSH blonde with them once.. passionfruit, mango, and other tropical fruits for sure.. they are in Widmers Drifter PA as well.

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So where did you get your Nelson Sauvin? Maybe I just have to wait a few more weeks until they are in season.

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I just bought some from Austin homebrew. It does appear that the new crop should be arriving soon though.

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Austin homebrew (my LHBS), but last year

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I thought I looked there, but I was wrong. Thanks!
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