I just enjoyed my first Gulden Draak last week, and was impressed. I'm a noob, and I've been concentrating on getting a saison right, but think I got pretty close with my last rendition of Shipwrecked Saison. This looks like a worthy step up to something stronger....
I already have the grain bill and hops for my next saison. But I think I'll try this recipe after that, using the Danstar Belle Saison yeast I already have on hand.
But I'm going to have to upgrade my mash tun. The one I use now was made from a '20 qt' cooler that really only holds 16 qts. And while it has served faithfully and well, looks like it's time for an upgrade in size.
Which I happen to have, by the way. You don't hang out outdoors in Southern California, without accumulating ice chests in various sizes....
It's just a matter of drilling a hole in the side for the spigot, and transferring my copper manifold. Yes, the new one could hold a larger manifold. But I doubt it's worth building one, because I batch sparge anyway.
Joan Sprat went to brewing
A barrel of ale.
She put in some hops,
That it might not turn stale.
But as for the malt
She forgot to put that.
'This is sober liquor,'
Says little Jack Sprat.