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Melting Stream Spring Saison

Brewed: 04/10/2022   Kegged: 04/23/2022

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 8 (309)

Style Saison Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   6.57 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   68.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.049 SG Estimated FG 1.008 SG
Recipe Bitterness 28.4 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.5 %
BU : GU   0.579        
Recipe Color 3.7 SRM
Measured OG:   1.049    Measured FG:   1.003 
ADF:   93   Measured ABV:   6.1 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
7.36 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
9.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
8 lbs 12.0 oz Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 3 81.4 % 0.68 gal
2 lbs White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 4 18.6 % 0.16 gal
0.500 oz Magnum [14.40 %] - Boil 40.0 min Hop 5 23.1 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 6 - -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 7 - -
0.500 oz Lemondrop [5.90 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 8 2.1 IBUs -
1.000 oz Lemondrop [5.90 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 5.0 min, 194.4 F Hop 9 2.0 IBUs -
1.000 oz Saaz [3.50 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 5.0 min, 194.4 F Hop 10 1.2 IBUs -
1.0 pkg French Saison (Wyeast Labs #3711) [50.28 ml] Yeast 11 - -
1.000 oz Lemondrop [5.10 %] - 3.0 Days Before Bottling for 5.0 Days Hop 12 0.0 IBUs -
1.000 oz Saaz [3.50 %] - 3.0 Days Before Bottling for 5.0 Days Hop 13 0.0 IBUs -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 29.44 qt of water at 156.6 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
Make 6 cup starter a few days before brew day.
From Denver water, gypsum puts my water profile at
Overnight mash if desired.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.044 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (6.57 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

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Brewing Notes:
03/22/2022 esheppy
Spring has sprung. Time to plan a brew day for the Spring Saison.
04/10/2022 esheppy
Brew day went well. Overnight mash. Started brew day at 5:30 ish. Pitched by 8:00. Basically cleaned up at 8:15. OG right on plan, although I had to dilute .5 gallon and boil about 5minutes less to get there.
04/11/2022 esheppy
Fermentation took off early afternoon yesterday. Today, Tilt says 1.032 at 69 degrees. I actually took the time to calibrate the Tilt on the measured OG, so that's like 17 points already. Nice hop aroma in coming out of the air lock.
04/12/2022 esheppy
Tilt says 1.021 at 69 degrees. Still fairly active but certainly slowing down. Still has a long way to go. Took a tiny little sample. Lots of yeast still in suspension, but getting really nice lemony flavors. Can't wait to drink this beer.
04/13/2022 esheppy
Tilt now says 1.008 at 70 degrees. Still bubbling some, but considerably slower. Planning on kegging in about a week. I do have an open keg, so if the Tilt gravity stops falling, there is no reason not to get it into that keg. I do expect another .004 points, so it will be at least of few more days.
04/14/2022 esheppy
Tilt says 1.007 at 68 degrees. Still a bit of bubbling, but even slower than yesterday. I put in the dry hops. Still a thin layer of krausen on the top of the beer. Hoping to see the FG reach 1.004. We'll see.
04/18/2022 esheppy
Tilt says 1.006 at 66. Bubbling seems done and the gravity has not fallen in a couple day. I think we're ready to keg.
04/21/2022 esheppy
Tilts says 1.005 at 68 degrees. If this is accurate, the beer is now at 5.8% ABV. The tilt has been jumping back and forth between 1.005 and 1.006 for almost a week now. Time to keg. Still need to clean a keg, but may get it kegged tonight.
04/23/2022 esheppy
Kegged. Measured 1.003 FG. Makes this a 6.1% beer. Nice. Flavor great, although I'm not sure I got much from the dry hops. Chilling in the keg right now.
04/29/2022 esheppy
Yummy. Could use more carbonation, but the flavor is great.
06/22/2022 esheppy
Almost gone. Still awesome.
06/26/2022 esheppy
Killed the keg. Brewed the summer saison today, so that's ok.
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