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Old 01-22-2014, 08:48 PM   #1
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Default Accidental malt swap - oh no, or oh boy?

Alright, so I have a fairly simple question. I am pretty new to homebrewing (but enjoying it immensely so far) and yesterday decided to try my hand at a saison. Got through the whole boil smoothly, but after I had finished, I looked at the recipe again and realized I made a huge mistake. The recipe I used called for 3.9 lbs of Pilsner extract, 1.1 lbs of wheat extract and 1 lb of Vienna malt. I stupidly misread the recipe and used 3.9 lbs of wheat and 1.1 lbs of Pilsner (I used the right amount of the Vienna - go me!). Obviously, this is going to taste pretty different. I'm still positive about the outcome, but I'm not really sure if it is going to taste like a saison. Does anyone with more experience know what this might end up like? I was figuring it just may taste more like a wheat beer/hefeweizen, which I would be okay with, but maybe someone has a more exact idea?

I did learn from this to always read the recipe twice BEFORE starting! I don't want to mess this up again!

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Old 01-22-2014, 09:03 PM   #2
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Well you'll certainly get taste the wheat (which could be a good thing), but the unique flavors in a saison are yeast derived esters, so I'd just call it a wheat saison!

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That's exactly what I was thinking. I did figure I would be fine since most flavor comes from the yeast, but I was a little concerned it may make some people scratch their heads. I was actually planning to start a wheat beer after I racked this to my secondary, so I am excited to see how this tastes.

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I'd say proceed as normal with this, it doesn't sound as though anything is going to be wrecked. Then for your next batch make the one you originally intended.

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Mistakes happen, and sometimes those mistakes can make a beautiful beer. Push on my friend, let us know how it turns out!

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More than likely the wheat extract is only 50/50 wheat/pils or 2-row, so it might not be as big of an error as you may have thought. I think you'll be quite happy with the results.

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