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Old 06-09-2012, 03:27 PM   #1
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Recipe Type: All Grain   
Yeast: Wyeast 3711 Activator (French Saison)   
Yeast Starter: None   
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5   
Original Gravity: 1.038   
Final Gravity: 1.002   
IBU: 31   
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60   
Color: Pale Yellow   
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 10 d @ 72˚F   
Tasting Notes: Fruity, spicy, dry, clean and refreshing.   

NOTE: My efficiency was terrible for some reason on this beer (50%), so I ended up adding 1/2 lb. more honey. I suggest accounting for this using your own efficiency standard.

Grain Bill:
6 lb. 2-row
3.5 lb. Belgian carapils
1.5 lb. Local honey
0.5 lb. Light munich

Hops:
1 oz. Sterling (7% AA) @ 60 min.
1 oz. Sterling @ 5 min.

TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED (STEP) MASH:
2.5 gal. of 138˚F water to settle at 130˚F for 30 min.
1.25 gal. of 207˚F water to settle at 152˚F for 30-40 min.

BOIL:
60 min with hop additions @ 60 and 5 min.
Irish Moss @ 15 min.
Turn off heat with 15 min. to go and completely stir in the honey.
Turn heat back on and continue boiling.

FERMENTATION:
This yeast works fast! I was apprehensive about bottling so soon, but the gravity had held steady for 3 days and the beer was clear.

 
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Old 06-09-2012, 05:35 PM   #2
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3711 is an outstanding strain. tasty and quick!

Why so much carapils?
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Old 06-13-2012, 02:58 PM   #3
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Haha, good question. This began as sort of a "table scraps" beer using some extra ingredients I had lying around (and some local farmer's market honey which was my original inspiration for this saison). I bought a 5-lb bag of carapils a few months ago and wanted to use up what I had.

Side note: the head on this beer is killer!
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