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Melting Stream Spring Saison

Brewed: 04/09/2017   Bottled: 04/22/2017

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 3

Style Saison Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.77 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.048 SG Estimated FG 1.005 SG
Recipe Bitterness 27.1 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.7 %
BU : GU   0.560        
Recipe Color 3.5 SRM
Measured OG:   1.048    Measured FG:   1.008 
ADF:   83   Measured ABV:    5.2


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
12.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 1 -
8 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 78.0 %
2 lbs 4.0 oz White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 3 22.0 %
0.250 oz Lemondrop [5.20 %] - First Wort 90.0 min Hop 4 5.6 IBUs
0.250 oz Magnum [12.70 %] - First Wort 90.0 min Hop 5 13.7 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 6 -
0.750 oz Lemondrop [5.20 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 7 4.1 IBUs
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 8 -
1.000 oz Lemondrop [5.20 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 5.0 min Hop 9 1.7 IBUs
0.500 oz Hallertauer [2.70 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 5.0 min Hop 10 0.4 IBUs
0.500 oz Saaz [2.20 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 5.0 min Hop 11 0.4 IBUs
0.500 oz Select Spalt [3.70 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 5.0 min Hop 12 0.6 IBUs
0.500 oz Tettnang [3.90 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 5.0 min Hop 13 0.6 IBUs
1.0 pkg French Saison (Wyeast Labs #3711) [50.28 ml] Yeast 14 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 12.81 qt of water at 155.6 F 145.0 F 90 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.91gal, 3.88gal) of 168.0 F water

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

Brewing Record

Brew Date:  4/9/2017 Strike Temp:   155
Mash Temps:  145ish all the way through
Pre-boil OG   (1.039 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.77 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp   62 
Day 1: Nice start early 68
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Brewing Notes:
04/06/2017 esheppy
Going to try to get ingredients tomorrow to brew this weekend. I think I'm going to change up the hops on this next batch. I was thinking now would be a good time to try "Lemon Drop".
04/07/2017 esheppy
Got ingredients today, so I guess I'm brewing this weekend. Looking forward to trying out lemondrop hops.
04/10/2017 esheppy
Brewed starting Friday evening and finished up Sunday morning. Friday, I went through the first 30 minutes of the boil. Had to dilute with about half a gallon of water to get to OG.
04/10/2017 esheppy
Fermentation is going. I put in a blow-off tube this morning. 68 degrees
04/11/2017 esheppy
Bubbling away. Good thing I put in the blow-off tube. 72.
04/23/2017 esheppy
Kegged yesterday. The fg is higher than I want, but the sample tastes great. 1.008
05/02/2017 esheppy
Been drinking. Carbonation could probably be a little higher, but it is really pouring nice at this level. Tastes great.
05/31/2017 esheppy
Brought a growler up to Breckenridge and shared. Didn't last long. Delicious beer.
07/08/2017 esheppy
Hard to believe I still have some. Brewing the summer saison tomorrow. Still tasting great. It will be gone today or tomorrow.
07/11/2017 esheppy
Keg blew on Sunday. Luckily, I have the summer saison going strong in the fermentor.
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