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Old 09-17-2012, 02:10 AM   #1
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Default 3rd brew ever. Summer Saison Belgian

Just got my 3rd brew ever into the fermenting bucket. It was a mini-mash kit from Austin Homebrew. Was the most difficult brew day so far.
I couldn't keep the mash temp consistent, it kept bouncing between 150 and 160. But for some reason the sparge water I kept on a different burner, kept at a very consistent 170. Very weird.

After the boil was done I have to say the wort was the best tasting of the 3 batches I've done so far. Cannot wait to see what's going to taste like in a couple weeks.

Original gravity came out to be 1.063.
I'll keep this thread posted as it continues.
Wish me luck!

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Old 09-17-2012, 08:17 AM   #2
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What yeast strain did you use? Good luck

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Old 09-17-2012, 09:37 AM   #3
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I used the white labs WLP560.

I think it's one of the "specialty strains" for Austin Homebrew.

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Old 09-17-2012, 05:15 PM   #4
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Sounds pretty good, are you going to raise your fermentation temp at all.

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Old 09-17-2012, 05:40 PM   #5
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Moving it out of the bedroom (which has been my make-shift fermentation chamber during the summer) might make SWMBO a little happier..

I'll have to double check the recommended temps for this brew.. I know these yeasties are happy between 68-78 (at least thats what the bottle says).

As I'm still kind of new to brewing (READ very new). What exactly does raising the temp on do?

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Old 09-17-2012, 06:11 PM   #6
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I just viewed this thread from a web-browser, and totally realized it didn't end up in the forum I was planning on.

Mods can you please move this thread to an appropriate forum.

I'm really sorry about this mistake.

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Old 09-18-2012, 06:26 PM   #7
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Saison yeast like to warm. Really, really warm. Like 85F. Fermenting it at a lower temperature means losing some of the yeast esters that create the citrusy flavors in saison.

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Old 09-19-2012, 01:46 AM   #8
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Wow.. Probably not going to let it get that high, as the yeast I have munching away are only "rated" for between 68-78. So might let it get up to 75 or 76...

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Sorry, didn't see that you are using WLP500. That's not a saison strain. It doesn't need to go any warmer than the mid-70s.

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