Last year's beer was pretty good but it never really developed any significant tartness. That was most likely due to the higher IBUs more than anything. I plan to do things a little differently this year by dialing back the IBUs and using some different souring microbes. There wasn't a ton of funk in the 2015 beer either. That, again, was due to the blend I used. Gigayeast described the blend as big cherry notes and that's exactly what I got. I want this year's beer to be a bit more funky and definitely more sour.
Recipe: Dark Saison 2016
Batch Size: 6.5 gal
Boil Size: 8.63 gal
Post Boil Volume: 6.76 gal
Estimated OG: 1.051
Actual OG: 1.055
Estimated Color: 31.7 SRM
Estimated IBU: 9.1 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 74.60%
Est Mash Efficiency: 74.60%
Boil Time: 75 Minutes
77.7% Vienna Malt (Avangard)
7.8% Malted Oats (Thomas Fawcett)
7.8% Caramunich III (Weyermann)
3.9% Midnight Wheat
2.9% Chocolate Rye (Weyermann)
9.1 IBUs of EKG @ 60 min
Obsession Blend (C2C and ECY-08), White Labs WLP670 American Farmhouse Blend, Bootleg Biology Sour Weapon
Temperature mash of 151F for 75 min with a 10 minute mashout at 168F
The Obsession Blend, as I'm calling it, has really been great for a ton of beers for me so far. I'm not really sure what the ratios of each yeast and the brettanomyces in the blend are anymore but I'm not really worried about that since I like the outcome of the blend each time. I decided to bump it up a notch with this brew and use another favorite yeast blend and by adding some pediococcus into the mix. I'll be using the WLP670 American Farmhouse Blend from White Labs that I've used in a few beers now. I am also adding in the Sour Weapon from Bootleg Biology. Jeff from Bootleg Biology does recommend using Sour Weapon as a kettle souring bacteria but also states that it will work over a period of time like the standard pedio on the market
I took some inspiration from some Bruery Tart of Darkness recipes I've seen and lowered the IBUs and subbed in some other malts to get what I am looking for. I also adjusted the OG a little lower to fit my idea of what I wanted.
I use BeerSmith to create my recipes but when it comes to mashing, now I really go with feel and look for a certain consistency instead of using what it recommends. That's something I encourage others to do as well. Find out what works for you and go from there. With my system, I usually have to add more than the recommended amount due to the false bottom. I know I can correct that with BeerSmith but I've been getting better and better efficiency going on the consistency. This mash was semi thick but I ended up adding a touch more water to get the temperature I needed and make up for the lost wort during recirculation.
|Everyone loves a recirculation shot.|
I collected just over 8.5 gallons and started my 75 minute boil. The preboil gravity was higher than expected at 1.042 with a target of 1.039. My extraction is better now that it has been in the past. I've adjusted my grain mill and now I'm getting a very consistent crush for all the grains. As a result, my efficiency is going up. I was around 82% for this beer. Up from my average of around 75% and from my last brew that was around 78%.
|Dark, delicious wort. Dark fruits, malty and a touch of roast.|
|That's not krausen, it's from pumping the wort into the fermentor.|
|Around 8 hours after pitching.|
I'll post back with some updates soon!
10-2-16: 18 hrs after pitching the yeast, full krausen and really active fermentation happening.
Andrew "Gus" Addkison
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