Sunday, July 14, 2019

Brewed awhile back. A simple saison intended to be a Grisette, a lower-alcohol type of saison. I used three pounds of pilsner DME and one pound of Wheat DME along with two ounces of Styrian Goldings boiled for 30 minutes, one ounce boiled for 20 minutes and ounce ounce steeped for 45 minutes. I pitched Omega Saisonstein's Monster yeast which I haven't used before and I have to say I'm impressed. I bottled this beer last night and the gravity was 1.002 down from 1.035, so I'm knocking on the door of 4 percent ABV, which is a little more than I thought but I'm fine with it. Tasted at bottling, this beer had a very pilsner like bitterness and estery nose. I added gypsum which may have accentuated the hop bitterness. It's a spicy, yet not to aggressive bitterness from the Styrians. I brewed this beer back on June 30 and bottled after 15 days in the primary. No secondary. Should be interesting.

Also, the Japanese Sunshine has turned out to be very hoppy....here are my notes:

 4/26/2019 - Bottling day for Japanese sunshine. Very pale appearance. Yellowish. Very herbal and citrusy aroma. Very gentle bittermess, touch of citrus pith, bitter lemon. Dry.
5/18/2019 - Surprisingly hoppy. Hoppier than I recall at bottling time if that's possible. Still a good beer, but a hoppy saison. Somehow almost a Belgian IPA. Should be interesting to see how it ages.
7/14/2019 - This is definitely some hoppy stuff! More of a Belgian IPA than a saison, but not quite big enough for an IPA. More of a hoppy American pale ale with a Saison yeast. The two ounces of Lemondrop really put it over the top. It's also not as dry as I would like a saison to be, but fine for an IPA. Big lemon/dill aroma. Estery and hoppy with slight oily hoppiness. Bitter finish. Drinks more like an American Pale Ale or IPA than a Saison. Hard to believe that is only 5.0 percent ABV, but maybe this is just because it  is so hoppy.

Also: the smoked "bock" from a few months ago seemed to be infected or at least not finished fermenting as the last few bottles have been gushers.