Sweet Nectar Saison

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BrewDoc22

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Location
IowaCity
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
Boiling Time (Minutes)
60
IBU
31
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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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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