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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Le Jardin (5/19/12)

The Wyeast 3711 French Saison worked out really well in the French Saison, and inspired this next off-centered saison. Le Jardin doesn't fit well into any style, but it should come out as an easy-drinking summer salvation, with a balance of peppery saison character and a bit of chocolately sweetness from the grains. The beer is a deep amber, courtesy the Crystal 80 and Chocolate malt. The specialty grain should help the beer retain a little mouthfeel in the face of the highly attentuative 3711. Even at 82% attentuation, this beerclocks in below 6% ABV, making it a perfect starter for one of our next brews, a Belgian Quadrupel.

Batch Size: 2.5 gal (2.25 gal at bottling)
Boil Volume: 3.5 gal
Calculated OG: 1.054
Measured FG: 1.010
Estimated ABV: 5.8
Calculated IBUs (Tinseth): 38
Pitching Temperature: 68F
Yeast: Wyeast French Saison
Starter: None
Fermentation vessel: Bucket

Malts Mashed Amount % Max Pts.
Chocolate 0.2 6% 28.00
Crystal 80 0.2 6% 34.00
Other FermentablesAmount%Max Pts.
Hops/Additions Amount Time AA%
Hallertauer Mittel. 0.5 60 3.9%
Hallertauer Mittel. 0.5 40 3.9%
Hallertauer Mittel. 0.5 25 3.9%
Hallertauer Mittel. 0.5 10 3.9%

6/5/12: Final gravity: 1.010. Bottled to 3.2 volumes of CO2. Re-used yeast cake for quadruple.

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