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006. La Saison de l'Amour Amer

200 calories 18.4 g 12 oz
Beer Stats
Method: Extract
Style: Saison
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 5 gallons (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 2.5 gallons
Pre Boil Gravity: 1.030 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 35% (steeping grains only)
Calories: 200 calories (Per 12oz)
Carbs: 18.4 g (Per 12oz)
Created Tuesday April 8th 2014
Amount Fermentable Cost PPG °L Bill %
3 lb Dry Malt Extract - Light3 lb Dry Malt Extract - Light - (late boil kettle addition) 42 4 37.5%
2.50 lb Dry Malt Extract - Pilsen2.5 lb Dry Malt Extract - Pilsen - (late boil kettle addition) 42 2 31.3%
1.50 lb Dry Malt Extract - Pilsen1.5 lb Dry Malt Extract - Pilsen 42 2 18.8%
7 lbs / 0.00
Steeping Grains
Amount Fermentable Cost PPG °L Bill %
0.50 lb German - CaraFoam0.5 lb CaraFoam 37 1.8 6.3%
0.50 lb German - Abbey Malt0.5 lb Abbey Malt 33 17 6.3%
Amount Variety Cost Type AA Use Time IBU Bill %
0.50 oz Centennial0.5 oz Centennial Hops Pellet 10.9 Boil 60 min 24.77 12.5%
0.50 oz Amarillo0.5 oz Amarillo Hops Pellet 8.4 Boil 40 min 16.76 12.5%
0.25 oz Centennial0.25 oz Centennial Hops Pellet 10.9 Boil 40 min 10.87 6.3%
0.25 oz Amarillo0.25 oz Amarillo Hops Pellet 8.4 Boil 15 min 4.74 6.3%
0.25 oz Amarillo0.25 oz Amarillo Hops Pellet 8.4 Boil 0 min 6.3%
0.25 oz Centennial0.25 oz Centennial Hops Pellet 10.9 Boil 0 min 6.3%
2 oz Galaxy2 oz Galaxy Hops Pellet 14.9 Dry Hop 7 days 50%
4 oz / 0.00
Other Ingredients
Amount Name Cost Type Use Time
1 tbsp Irish Moss Water Agt Boil 15 min.
Wyeast - French Saison 3711
1 Each
Attenuation (avg):
Optimum Temp:
65 - 77 °F
0.00 Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator
Target Water Profile
Ottawa Tap Water
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
8 2 15 2 25 35

Yeast: Wyeast 3711 highly aromatic, peppery, spicy and fruity. I've heard online that citrus dominates. Enhances the use of aroma hops. Silky and rich (and dry?) mouthfeel from high attenuation.

Malts: Will use some Pilsen malt (not traditionally the biggest fan) to appease the style but will mix it with some light malt extract. Honey notes and pronounced maltiness from the abbey malt which will add complexity normally associated with Belgian ales. Carafoam for more body and head retention.

Hops: I would like the hops to be fruity and have citrus notes but I don't want it to clash with the yeast.

Centennial (60/40/0) Clean bittering. Floral and citrus aroma.

Amarillo (40/15/0) Floral and citrus.

Galaxy (Dry Hop) Citrus and passionfruit. Aroma quite intense at first, but mellows with age.

Brew day: May 4, 2014. Steeped 0.5 lbs of carafoam and 0.5 lbs of abbey malt for 30 minutes @ 74C.

I didn't see the late addition option in the fermentables section so I didn't incorporate it into my IBU calculation. I had originally shot for 25 I have 57. Oy vay. However, the calculation is based on adding the extract in the last 10 minutes. Mine was added more like 15 minutes, so the 57 IBU is more of a maximum. I still plan on dry hopping with 2 oz of Galaxy, but hopefully this isn't a hop bomb Saison. Now it doesn't fit BJCP guidelines, oh well! La Saison d'Oppy Amour.

Signs of fermentation 12 hours after pitching!

05/16: measured FG @ 1.012 - exactly where I want it! Took a sample and initial thoughts are that it has a spicy aroma and taste with a dry and bitter after taste. Hopefully dry hopping with 2 oz of galaxy hops for 10 days will impart some fruitiness to the aroma.

Took another sample on 05/29 and it tasted super sour. Maybe from all the citrus-y yeast and hops, especially the Galaxy in the dry hop? Hopefully it isnt an infection.

Bottling day: 06/03. Assuming 4.4 gallons to be bottled. Current temp of 23.2 degrees celsius. I did cold crash, but not for long, and it only got down to 16/17 degrees, so ill drop to 21. Shooting for 3.0 volumes of c02. Boil 5.13 oz of corn sugar.

Overall expectations: The first bottles will be overly citrusy, perhaps too much so, since the yeast is aroma-inducing. Suggest aging for a while to mellow out if the citrus/floral is too intense.

Sample on 06/13: First taste after a week in bottle and 24 hours in fridge. Overly sour and bitter, but this is not a bad thing. I like it. Michelle loves it. Very sour/citrus on the nose. Sharp, up-front bitter notes when tasting. Hopefully mellows well with time.

06/26: 3 weeks in bottles. Zero head. Could be dirty glass. Citrus aroma has subdued, but still present in taste. Tastes warmer (more alcohol) now.

A French-style Saison with large hints of fruit, including citrus and passionfruit, that makes this an easy-drinking beer. Perfect for those hot summer days.

08/07: 3rd last bottle - woah, foam immediately gushed out of the bottle as soon as I opened it. Bizarre. The others weren't overcarbed. I realllly need to mix the priming sugar with the beer next time I bottle. I can't think of another explanation. It's hard to taste anything other than the prickliness of the carbonation. Still rather spicy. At least its alcohol.

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