Monday, May 28, 2012

Golden Ale gone, Spiced Saison gets brewed

Holy crap. I've been brewing so many blonde ales this spring that I forgot that I've brewed three of them in the last couple of months (four counting today's brew session, but that's getting ahead of myself.) So far the best one is the one that's just about gone. Yup, drinking the last bottle right now. I'm sipping a blonde ale brewed with Briess Pilsner DME, Belgian Pilsner malt, Briess Special Roast and torrified wheat with Cascade hops for bittering and a healthy dose (two ounces) of Brewer's Gold for the aroma. I fermented with the SafAle US-05 yeast, and fermented it quite warm around 80 degrees. As a result it turned out rather fruity, but this seemed to work well with the Brewer's Gold. This beer also attenuated quite well (and I still managed to over carb it.) I was initially worried about an overly assertive flavor (almost sour) from the Special Roast malt, but this subsided over time and now there is just a pleasant biscuit flavor along with a slightly sour note. Very interesting, but I believe this is due to the Special Roast being mixed with an acidulated malt (at the maltings.) I will miss this beer, as it is quite tasty and exceeded my expectations. Here is the recipe:

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Recipe: Toasted Blonde
Brewer: Marc
Asst Brewer: 
Style: Blonde Ale
TYPE: Partial Mash

Recipe Specifications
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Batch Size: 5.00 gal      
Boil Size: 4.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.043 SG
Estimated Color: 8.9 SRM
Estimated IBU: 17.0 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 60.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amount        Item                                      Type         % or IBU      
3.00 lb       Pilsner Dry Extract (4.0 SRM)             Dry Extract  42.86 %       
2.00 lb       Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM)             Grain        28.57 %       
1.00 lb       Special Roast (50.0 SRM)                  Grain        14.29 %       
1.00 lb       Wheat, Torrified (1.7 SRM)                Grain        14.29 %       
1.00 oz       Amarillo Gold [5.25 %]  (60 min)          Hops         17.0 IBU      
2.00 oz       Brewer's Gold [4.20 %]  (30 min) (Aroma HoHops          -            
1 Pkgs        SafAle American Ale (DCL Yeast #US-05)    Yeast-Ale                    


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It's been a hot couple of days with temps in the 90s so I decided to use my Wyeast 3724 yeast to brew a Saision. I had three pounds of Pilsner malt leftover from the Golden Ale (that I'm finishing now) and used that along with three pounds of Briess Pilsner DME and one pound of Trader Joe's Organic Cane Sugar. I used up the remaining Strisselspalt hops from last year (I used them for bittering) and I used the rest of my Michigan-grown Brewer's Gold for the flavoring hops. I also added a whole bunch of different spices on the fly -- including cracked black pepper, coriander, cumin and about several grind (quarter ounce?) of Trader Joe's Flower Pepper. Right now the ambient room temp is almost 82 degrees F., so I'm this yeast should be pretty happy. It's suppposed cool off later in the week, so hopefully it stays warm in the kitchen fermentorium for at least a couple days. I'd like to reuse this yeast, but I also have a whole bunch of Wyeast 3711 if the temps moderate for awhile.

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Recipe: Saison Morency 2012
Brewer: Marc
Asst Brewer: 
Style: Saison
TYPE: Partial Mash
Taste: (35.0) 

Recipe Specifications
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Batch Size: 5.00 gal      
Boil Size: 3.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.049 SG
Estimated Color: 4.9 SRM
Estimated IBU: 24.6 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 60.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amount        Item                                      Type         % or IBU      
3.00 lb       Pilsner Dry Extract (4.0 SRM)             Dry Extract  40.00 %       
3.00 lb       Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM)             Grain        40.00 %       
0.50 lb       Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM)     Grain        6.67 %        
4.50 oz       Strisslespalt [1.50 %]  (60 min)          Hops         17.0 IBU      
2.00 oz       Brewer's Gold [4.20 %]  (10 min)          Hops         7.7 IBU       
0.50 gm       Salt (Mash 60.0 min)                      Misc                       
1.00 gm       Chalk (Mash 60.0 min)                     Misc                       
1.00 oz       Coriander Seed (Boil 5.0 min)             Misc                       
1.00 lb       Candi Sugar, Clear (0.5 SRM)              Sugar        13.33 %       
1 Pkgs        Belgian Saison (Wyeast Labs #3724)        Yeast-Ale                  
  



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