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Tuesday, January 7, 2014
The Seasonal "Super Saison"
Last year's batch.
Last year I
brewed the Saison de Noel as my second or third batch of homebrew. It’s an extract kit from Northern Brewer,
designed to be a little stronger than some more typical Saisons, as described
dark and beguilingly complex, this holiday specialty is brewed in the tradition
of Belgian farmhouse ales. Unlike most
Saisons, intended to refresh and sustain farmers doing manual labor, this one is
engineered to complement rich holiday fare and sustain you through long winter
nights. A generous malt bill with
highlights of butter toffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and bread tangles with the
earthy, spicy funk of Wyeast’s French Saison strain and a single addition of
bittering hops to strike an evolving balance.
Now, it was an oversight on my part, but I used Safale S-04
instead of the Wyeast…I discovered my mistake after I transferred the beer into
secondary and was recording the gravity reading. I don't expect any poor effects, but it may have impacted how much fermentation occurred. By the way:
O.G.: 1.070, 70 degrees
Interim: 1.020, 70 degrees
F.G.: 1.018, 68 degrees
approximately 7.1% ABV from this.
I bottled on
Saturday, January 4, and plan to release this on January 24 – in time for the
And for that
reason (not to mention the yeast oversight), I am calling it “Super Saison.”