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5th Season Blackberry Saison

Brewed: 05/09/2020   Kegged: 05/22/2020
As you probably know if you follow SheppyBrew Brewery, we brew at least 4 saisons every year.

blackberrySaison.jpgWinter Spring Summer Autumn.

I call them my Seasonal Saison series of beers.

From time to time, I add in different saisons as well. Usually, I call them "5th Season".

I had made a Blood Orange Saison in the past, and in mid-May, 2020, I found myself wanting another beer to replace a rapidly disappearing beer supply.

I had some blackberry extract sitting in my cabinet. It smelled good. I decided to use it.

A really simple recipe with my French Saison yeast with a little blackberry flavor.

When it came out, the blackberry flavor was subtle enough that I am almost certain I wouldn't call it "blackberry" without knowing that I had added the flavoring.

That is ok.

It did add just a bit of character that wasn't in the base before I kegged it.

I guess I might just call this "French Saison". Delicious, but simple. Nice and drinkable, but a little dangerous at 6.5%.

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

If you would like more information on this beer, see Sheppy's Blog: 5th Season
5th Season Blackberry Saison --- Batch 1

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 1.054 SG Estimated FG 1.005 SG
Recipe Bitterness 25.3 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 6.5 %
BU : GU   0.466        
Recipe Color 4.5 SRM
Measured OG:   1.055    Measured FG:   1.003 
ADF:   94    Measured ABV:   6.9 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
11 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 86.3 % 0.86 gal
1 lbs Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 2 7.8 % 0.08 gal
12.0 oz White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 3 5.9 % 0.06 gal
0.500 oz Magnum [12.70 %] - First Wort 90.0 min Hop 4 25.3 IBUs -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 5 - -
1.0 pkg French Saison (Wyeast Labs #3711) [50.28 ml] Yeast 6 - -
3.00 oz Blackberry Extract (Bottling 5.0 mins) Flavor 7 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 15.94 qt of water at 155.6 F 145.0 F 90 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (5.02gal, 0.81gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
Make starter a day or two before brew day.
Yeast url:
Optimum Temp range for yeast: 65 - 77

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.044 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (8.29 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
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Brewing Notes:
05/08/2020 esheppy
Got ingredients yesterday. Making yeast starter today. Brewing tomorrow?
05/09/2020 esheppy
Brew day today. Got started real early and got boil done before 7. Had high pre-boil gravity and lessened boil to adjust. Also skipped the yeast nutrient because of the amount of active yeast I have seems ridiculous. OG 1.055.
05/09/2020 esheppy
Chilled to high 70s and then let sit while I went to give blood. Fermentation was going by afternoon. Tilt says 1.045, 66.
05/10/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.036. 66 degrees. Bubbling away.
05/13/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.006 at 69 degrees. Still cloudy with some kraussen. Not sure when a keg will open up, so this will go awhile more I think.
05/22/2020 esheppy
Kegged today with blackberry flavoring. FG 1.003. Sample was very dry. Not much to it without any flavor / aroma hops. Hoping the blackberry makes the beer more interesting. I guess we'll see. Chilling in the beer fridge right now.
05/23/2020 esheppy
Tried a pint. BlackBerry is pretty subtle, but enough to add some character to make to base not as 1 dimenitial as I feared. I like it.
05/29/2020 esheppy
Pretty nice. Have to really search for the blackberry. Wouldn't find it without knowing it was in there. But, I love this beer. Nice and simple. Delicious.
06/04/2020 esheppy
Yeah. Not much blackberry. But I really like the simplicity of of French Saison in a pretty basic malty bill. This is what I think saison should be 😋
07/11/2020 esheppy
Almost gone. So delicious. Really no blackberry ... But I'm not sure that is a bad thing.
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