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Melting Stream Spring Saison

Brewed: 03/21/2021   Kegged: 04/08/2021

You may know about the SheppyBrew Seasonal Saison series of beers.

meltingstream.jpgThe first time I brewed a Saison was in the late Winter of 2014, Arctic Vortex Winter Saison. Then, I brewed a Summer Saison with Hail Storm Summer Saison. My most recent beer in the series was this past Autumn with Falling Leaves Harvest Saison.

It was between my Summer brew and my Autumn brew that I realized I was doing a Seasonal Series. Alas, I had skipped Spring.

Early in 2015, I started my second Seasonal Saison cycle with a second batch of Arctic Vortex, and this time I was ready for a Spring Saison when Winter was over.

Like all my saisons, I wanted it to finish dry and derive any of its spiciness from the 3711 ("The Real Super Yeast") and noble hops. No spices added, just beer ingredients. I decided to go a little lighter than a traditional saison in color.

I decided to load this beer up on noble hops, using the hop schedule from Ello Poppet as a template. It does use more hops than Ello Poppet. I might be hoppier than the style calls for.

I spent a fair amount of time trying to come up with a good name. The more clever names I came up with were taken by other beers on untappd. Finally, I decided on Melting Stream. Spring in Colorado is when mountain snow starts to melt and fills up the creeks and streams. The image of rushing water from snow melt is something that says Spring to me. I thought "Melting Stream" conveyed that image. And, no one else had a beer with that name on untappd.

I changed up the recipe for batch 3. I reduced the OG and ABV. I also decided to finally try the Lemon Drop hop. 

Batch 7 was modified slightly to fit in my Anvil Foundry.


For more about SheppyBrew's Seasonal Saisons on my blog see Sheppy's Blog: Seasonal Saisons.

For more specifically about this beer see Sheppy's Blog: Melting Stream.

Melting Stream Spring Saison --- Batch 7 (284)

Style Saison Batch Size 6.00 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.09 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   68.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.048 SG Estimated FG 1.008 SG
Recipe Bitterness 28.7 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.4 %
BU : GU   0.594        
Recipe Color 3.7 SRM
Measured OG:   1.048    Measured FG:   1.003 
ADF:   93    Measured ABV:   5.9 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
7.94 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
10.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
9 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 3 78.3 % 0.70 gal
2 lbs 8.0 oz White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 4 21.7 % 0.20 gal
0.500 oz Magnum [10.90 %] - First Wort 60.0 min Hop 5 23.3 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 6 - -
0.500 oz Lemondrop [5.10 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 7 2.6 IBUs -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 8 - -
1.000 oz Lemondrop [5.10 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 5.0 min, 194.4 F Hop 9 1.6 IBUs -
1.000 oz Saaz [3.50 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 5.0 min, 194.4 F Hop 10 1.1 IBUs -
1.0 pkg French Saison (Wyeast Labs #3711) [50.28 ml] Yeast 11 - -
1.500 oz Lemondrop [5.10 %] - Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 12 0.0 IBUs -
1.000 oz Saaz [3.50 %] - Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 13 0.0 IBUs -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 31.74 qt of water at 156.4 F 150.0 F 45 min
Heat Heat to 156.0 F over 10 min 156.0 F 20 min

If steeping, remove grains, and prepare to boil wort

Recipe Notes
From Denver water, 12g gypsum puts my water profile at

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.043 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.09 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

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Brewing Notes:
03/11/2021 esheppy
1st day of Spring is coming in a couple of weeks. Updating the recipe for 2021.
03/21/2021 esheppy
Yesterday I made a starter. I did an overnight mash starting early this morning. Today, up at 6am to drain wort and start heating to boil.
03/21/2021 esheppy
Brew day went pretty well. Started heating up to boil at 69%, so I didn't save much time by doing overnight mash. Cleanup done at 10am. OG right at plan.
03/22/2021 esheppy
Fermentation was started by yesterday afternoon. Tilt says 1.043 at 68. Lots of kraussen, which might be making tilt under report attenuation. Might need blow off tube.
03/23/2021 esheppy
Tilt says 1.026 at 69 degrees. Still lots of movement but I think the kraussen is starting to calm down.
03/24/2021 esheppy
1.016 at 69 degrees. Beer starting to clear.
03/25/2021 esheppy
Tilt says 1.006 at 69 degrees. Added in a little less than half the dry hops in tea balls. A little less than 1 oz total. The remaining will be added into the keg.
03/26/2021 esheppy
Tilts says 1.002 at 67 degrees. Will let this sit for a few days. I'll probably keg next week. Mardi Bock is probably the next keg to kick.
03/30/2021 esheppy
Tilt says 0.997 at 67 degrees. Based on experience with the tilt, I would guess this beer is probably around 1.002 or lower. Wow. Beer looks ready. Just need a keg.
04/05/2021 esheppy
Stopped the Tilt log. Still at .997. Still waiting on a keg. I think Mardi Bock is close to kicking.
04/08/2021 esheppy
Kegged. Added the last of the dry hops (a little more than 1 oz). Love the flavor. Finished very dry at 1.003. It actually might be a bit lower to be honest. Love the French saison flavor. Nice hop flavor as well. Chilling in the kegerator. Have not applied gas yet.
04/09/2021 esheppy
Right now this looks and tastes quite a bit like a hazy IPA. Hoping it will clear up fast.
04/10/2021 esheppy
Really awesome tasting. Carbonation isn't there yet, but I'm sure it will be soon.
04/15/2021 esheppy
Love the lemon flavor of this beer. Yummy.
05/12/2021 esheppy
Keg blew. Great beer. Didn't last very long. Makes room for Chelsea Dagger.
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