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Melting Stream Spring Saison

Brewed: 03/28/2020   Kegged: 04/11/2020

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. 


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 6 (252)

Style Saison Batch Size 6.00 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   8.29 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.049 SG Estimated FG 1.005 SG
Recipe Bitterness 30.3 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.8 %
BU : GU   0.624        
Recipe Color 3.5 SRM
Measured OG:   1.050    Measured FG:    1.003
ADF:   94%    Measured ABV:    6.2


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
13.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 1 - -
8 lbs 12.0 oz Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 77.8 % 0.68 gal
2 lbs 8.0 oz White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 3 22.2 % 0.20 gal
0.500 oz Magnum [12.70 %] - First Wort 90.0 min Hop 4 25.3 IBUs -
1.09 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 5 - -
0.500 oz Lemondrop [5.10 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 6 2.5 IBUs -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 7 - -
1.000 oz Lemondrop [5.10 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 5.0 min, 194.4 F Hop 8 1.5 IBUs -
1.000 oz Saaz [3.40 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 5.0 min, 194.4 F Hop 9 1.0 IBUs -
1.0 pkg French Saison (Wyeast Labs #3711) [50.28 ml] Yeast 10 - -
1.500 oz Lemondrop [5.10 %] - Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 11 0.0 IBUs -
1.000 oz Saaz [3.40 %] - Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 12 0.0 IBUs -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 14.06 qt of water at 155.6 F 145.0 F 90 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.98gal, 4.14gal) of 168.0 F water

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

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.040 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (8.29 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
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Brewing Notes:
03/23/2020 esheppy
Thinking about brewing this next weekend. Might be placing a Brew Hut order today.
03/28/2020 esheppy
Brew day completed just before 2pm. Beer Model "helped". OG is 1.050. Have a little extra in bb 5 gallon carboy.
03/29/2020 esheppy
Bubbling away today.
04/02/2020 esheppy
Dry hopped with 1.5 oz Lemon Drop and 1 oz saaz.
04/03/2020 esheppy
Put Tilt in. It says 1.007 at 67 degrees. Still needs to clarify quite a bit, so I probably have at least half a week on the ferment. Plus, I don't currently have an empty keg.
04/08/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.003 67 degrees. Will keg when a keg opens.
04/11/2020 esheppy
Kegged. Tilt got as low as 1.002. Hydrometer seems to be 1.003. Great saison flavor. Fairly clear. Yum. 😋
04/14/2020 esheppy
Rocked in 30psi for about 10 minutes. Had a pint after. Nice flavor. Still needs more carbonation.
04/16/2020 esheppy
Such a great tasting beer. My favorite on tap at the moment.
05/19/2020 esheppy
Still delicious. Getting towards the end of this keg. Need the keg for BlackBerry saison, so that is ok.
05/21/2020 esheppy
Keg blew tonight. Can now fill it with another saison. 😋
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