Monday, August 9, 2010
Saison De Duas Notas So
Saison season has opened! That's right, we are in the middle of Oregon's mild excuse for a summer (it's currently 63 degrees at 2:30 pm). This would typically warrant only saison homebrewing in many other cities, but here the only difference is the groundwater temp goes up a bit and it's a littler harder to chill the wort properly with your heat exchanger. I was planning on doing another Saison Dupont clone attempt, but when I went to the homebrew store, all they had was $2 an ounce, 2008 crop American Goldings sitting in a refrigerator. No way I am gonna get jacked like that, so I had to come up with a different idea.
Luckily, I had an idea earlier that week to try some Northern Brewer hops in a saison, and they had a good selection of NB from 2009. This is a hop I have hardly used at all, and I want to isolate it by using it as the only hop to try and get a feel for the flavor and aroma potential. I decided to leave everything else very predictable and clean, to really let those hops shine through. So, I went with 100% Pilsner malt and 100% Northern Brewer, and Dupont yeast. If the Northern Brewer proves to be a good hop for this, I might try to substitute some American malts next time to get a real "American" saison.
The name of this recipe comes from a play off an old Samba song called "Samba De Uma Nota So", or "One Note Samba". This is my 2-note saison.
Above: THE MAN, Joao Gilberto!
Saison De Duas Notas So
Recipe is for 7 gallons pre-booil, 6.2 gallons post-boil, all grain
O.G. 1.055 F.G. 1.007 ABV 6.4% IBU's 32
10 lb. Weyermann Pilsner malt
14 gr. Northern Brewer whole 7.8% AA (First Wort Hop)
12 gr. Northern Brewer pellet 9.8% AA 90 min
45 gr. Northern Brewer whole 7.8% AA 0 min
Mash: 4 gallons H2O + 4 gr. gypsum + 4 gr. calcium chloride
Mash in to 128, hold 15 min
Heat to 147 over 10 min, hold 35 min
Heat to 158 over 10 min, hold 10 min
Heat to 170 over 10 min, hold 5 minutes and begin sparging.
Add First Wort Hops to kettle before sparging.
Sparge with 5 gallons H2O at 170, over 40 minutes
Collect 7 gallons at 1.049 = 90% efficiency
(I checked my last runnings which were at about 1.014)
Boil 90 minutes, additions as noted
Wyeast nutrient & Whirlfloc at 10 min
"Topped off" the kettle with some water to 6.2 gallons at the end of the boil.
Whirlpool & rest 15 minutes while setting up heat exchanger.
Ran through plate chiller over 10 minutes, to 76 degrees
oxygen for 60 seconds
Pitched a 1 liter, stirplate starter of Wyeast 3724 Belgian Saison yeast.
Fermentation rose on it's own to 81 over the first 24 hours
Raised to 88 degrees by day 3, left there until day 5, when I lowered the thermostat to 84.
***Racked to secondary after about a week so I could collect the yeast. Kept at above 80 for 6 weeks total, the damn beer was still at 1.020!!!***
Alex from Upright hooked me up with a krausening wort from his fresh hop beer. I pitched about a quart of this into the beer which helped get it going. This was the De Ranke isolate.
Racked to keg on 11/8/10. The sample tastes freakin' awesome. 1.007. I also filled a growler and I am going to bottle condition it. Can't wait to do a tasting of this beer and maybe do a side-by side with keg & the bottle conditioned growler.