Sunday, 12 March 2017

Hoppy Brett Saison (Simcoe/Amarillo - Dryhopped with Galaxy)

After the last version Nelson Sauvin. I threw this yeast straight into another beer similar, trying to play with different hops in the dryhop. 

So to continue the theme, I opted to bew with Simcoe & Amarillo.... Until I ended up with 100g of Galaxy waiting to be used, and a Pale Ale that just needed S/A as part of it. (Call it the classic American Pale ale if you will - Centennial, Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade, Citra)

So with my supply of those hops depleted , I figured why the hell not? so, in they went. all 100grams.....

Ther beer is slightly larger than the previous versions, to ramp the alcohol up to around 7%ABV, I also wanted to get rid of the Rye in the beer, so swapped with Oats. Same time-frame for fermentation/ageing - because its what's been done previously.

so, this beer turned out very very similar ot the previous one, with a little extra oomph to it. I've realized recently, that the yeast used, has an under-pitching issue, caused by the original Nelson beer. 
HOW DO I KNOW THIS?: Well I got critically panned on the beer when entered into the NHC recently, and once I saw the notes, I picked it out straight away..... Banana (more Specifically Banana lollies)

This has caused me to re-evaluate my yeast pitching rates and yeast selections, for this beer. So I will be going back to a similar recipe as the last one (1.052) and getting the yeast in good shape prior to fermentation. I will also be playing with racking off the yeast after the first month, so I can get the culture and use it again on something a little more special....hopefully.

What yeast will I be using? I've changed tack a little bit, and so ,after discussion on the fantastic Milk the Funk Facebook page. I'll be adding a pitch of WLP648 (Brettanomyces Bruxellensis Vrai). My local shop is also re-stocking the Yeast bay as well, so Saison/Brett blend will be used in place of WLP670 - only because I'm not sure how long they will continue to stock the yeasts.

But, I'm rambling, so heres the Galaxy/Simcoe/Amarillo Recipe:

GAS Saison

Batch Size: 21 Litres
OG: 1.056
FG: 1.004
Brewhouse Efficiency: 74%
IBU: 22
EBC: 7.6
Boil Time: 90 Min

     Flaked Oats

     FWH: 14g Chinook
     00min: 40g Amarillo
     00min: 40g Simcoe

     Dryhop: 100g Galaxy

Yeast: WLP670 Repitch

Mash: 67 DegC
Sparge 76Deg C

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