Saturday, June 09, 2012

Brewing a Wild Blonde

Monday night I bottled up the "funky blonde" with all the different yeasts (which is really more of an amber at this point.) Bottling went well and I ended up just two bottles short of a full two cases of interesting brew. The color of my hydrometer sample of this beer was a remarkably clear amber-orange. It smelled rather "band aid phenolic" at first,but then a bit spicy with very spicy and complex phenols on the palate with a bitter finish, albeit a touch "hot" in terms of alcohol. This stuff is gonna sit for awhile....a long while. It will warm condition for a couple weeks and then get moved to cooler basement storage where I expect to let it sit for at least six months before popping a cap off a bottle. On Wednesday I racked five gallons of saison fermented with Wyeast 3724 (the Dupont strain.) which is quite pale, fruity and dry.  Smells very complex; with some evidence of the chamomile, citrus and maybe a slightt bit of bubblegum, maybe from the cumin. No phenols. Very fruity tasting with a light hop spice and light bitterness. Slight bit of astringency (maybe from some of the herbs? No hydrometer reading as my plastic hydrometer didn't cleaned well enough from the last I used it and got nasty and had to be pitched. Shame on me! Here is recipe for the saison:

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Recipe: Saison Morency 2012
Brewer: Marc
Asst Brewer: 
Style: Saison
TYPE: Partial Mash

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       
0.25 oz       Cumin (Boil 5.0 min)                      Misc                       
0.50 oz       Chamomile (Boil 5.0 min)                  Misc                       
0.50 gm       Salt (Mash 60.0 min)                      Misc                       
1.00 oz       Black Pepper (Boil 5.0 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