Saturday, August 2, 2014

Zen Saison V 1.0

It's been a while since I've done any brewing. It's a long story, but the short version is that due to a shoulder injury it's been several months since I've been able to lift my brewing stuff, but I'm a little better and back at it.
After Sharing a Hennepin with my dad I got an itch to make a saison.
The original recipe plan was very simple:
#10 German pilsner two row malt
#2 German wheat malt
1 oz. Chinook pellet hops
WLP575 Belgian ale yeast

Somewhere along the way I started thinking that maybe kicking it up a little with some Belgian candi sugar might be a good idea, and settled on trying an experiment to make my own. I found this guy's recipe and went with it. The plan was to go for a clear sugar, hoping for no added flavors, and naturally, it didn't work out that way. After getting busy with mashing and sparging and general wandering around I ended up with a deep brown syrup with a rich caramel cotton candy flavor. I'm looking forward to the outcome.
It's been a vigorous fermentation for a solid week with scents of hops and pears pouring out of the airlock. I figure I can wait for another week in the primary, a couple more weeks in the secondary, and a few days to carb up in the keg, but that's the extent of my patience.
I'm planning to do one more next week to follow right on the end of this one. I'll try not to forget to come back and update once I've had a chance to taste it.