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Old 12-09-2012, 06:31 PM   #1
Dec 2012
Posts: 7

Recipe Type: Extract   
Yeast: Wyeast Belgian Saison   
Yeast Starter: nope   
Additional Yeast or Yeast Starter: nope   
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5   
Original Gravity: 1.06   
Final Gravity: 1.03   
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60   
Color: 23   
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 15 days   
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 15 days (in bottle)   
Tasting Notes: Very bitter, but sweet, smells of citrus, licorice, coffee, chocolate,   

Hi all, here's a minimalist but complex saison recipe I invented. I'm still tweaking it a bit, but the first batch was so good, I had to share. the Rye adds some nice spicy character to complement the yeast.

I wanted a no-nonsense beer that was easy to make, but would impress guests for the holidays.

It's nice and spicy, the bubbles are small and ticklish, and the chocolate/orange combination give it the character it needs to grab attention. It's very refreshing and 4% ABV, would make a great summer beer.

Bring 2 gallons of water to between 160 and 170 degrees. Do not get hotter than 170 degrees.
Steep 1/2 pound of Chocolate Rye specialty malt for 30 minutes.
Strain 1/2 gallon of hot (not boiling) water over the specialty malts to get extra sugars out of it. Remove specialty grains.
Add 6 lbs of Pilsner Extra light malt and bring to a boil (total boil time: 60 minutes).
Add 1oz of Northern Brewer Hops at 45 minutes.
At 20 minutes add 1oz German Spalt (remove Northern Brewer)
At 5 minutes add French Strisselspalt. (remove German Spalt).
At 5 minutes add dried orange peels from half an orange. (use less if you don't want this to be too bitter. I used a whole orange peel and can tell it would be better with only half).
Ferment at 75 degrees + for 2 weeks. (I chose not to rack and it probably could have fermented a bit longer).
Bottle with 7 oz priming sugar. Let sit for 2 weeks. Delicious.

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Old 12-14-2012, 03:20 PM   #2
Jun 2011
Jersey, The pork roll side
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Can I ask why you remove hops from the boil when adding the next addition?
Primary: Black IPA
Secondary:Nikko's Wobbly Wine (2014)
Kegged: Belgian Pale Ale w/Citra, Classic American Pils, Spring Saison
Bottled: Nikko's Wobbly Wine (2012)

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Old 12-15-2012, 05:56 AM   #3
Dec 2012
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I have no idea. This was the 4th batch of beer I brewed and I just thought I'd remove the hops. Not sure if it makes a difference.

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