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Hail Storm Summer Saison

Brewed: 07/02/2023   Kegged: 07/14/2023 HailStorm.jpg

This is the Summer version of my Seasonal Saisons.

Like all of my saisons, this one stays away from spices and fruit, allowing the spicy saaz hops and the wonderful flavors and aromas from the French saison yeast shine through unadulterated. I also am trying to keep the alcohol on the low side of the style.

About the name (Hail Storm): Summers in Colorado are wonderful, but way too often we get way too many hail storms. Just as I used a weather phenomenon (Arctic Vortex) for my winter Saison, I decided to use the Hail Storm for my summer Saison. 

For more information about this beer, see Sheppy's Blog: Hail Storm.

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

Hail Storm Summer Saison --- Batch 10 (338)

Style Saison Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   6.60 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   68.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.051 SG Estimated FG 1.008 SG
Recipe Bitterness 26.9 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.7 %
BU : GU   0.525        
Recipe Color 4.4 SRM
Measured OG:   1.054   Measured FG:   1.003 
ADF:   94    Measured ABV:   6.7


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
7.81 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
10.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
1.00 tsp Lactic Acid (Mash) Water Agent 3 - -
8 lbs 12.0 oz Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 4 77.8 % 0.68 gal
1 lbs 12.0 oz White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 5 15.6 % 0.14 gal
12.0 oz Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 6 6.7 % 0.06 gal
0.500 oz Columbus/Tomahawk/Zeus (CTZ) [14.90 %] - Boil 35.0 min Hop 7 19.2 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 10.0 mins) Fining 8 - -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins) Other 9 - -
1.000 oz Saaz [3.00 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 10 2.1 IBUs -
2.000 oz Tettnang [4.80 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 10.0 min, 194.4 F Hop 11 5.7 IBUs -
1.0 pkg French Saison (Wyeast Labs #3711) [50.28 ml] Yeast 12 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 31.70 qt of water at 156.3 F 150.0 F 240 min

If steeping, remove grains, and prepare to boil wort

Recipe Notes
Make a 1500ml starter of the yeast the day before brew day to make sure it is active going into fermentation.
Water salts to get to Beer Smith's hoppy profile.
From Denver water, this puts my water at:
Keep the mash on the low side. Err on the side of lower temp. Let the mash go at least 1.5 hours. Ok longer.
In fact, overnight mash is preferred.
Yeast url:
Optimum Temp range for yeast: 65 - 77
Pitch a little below 65 degrees. Try to keep it there for the first 12 hours or so, but let rise as it wants after that.
Carbonate high.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.047 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (6.60 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
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Brewing Notes:
06/22/2023 esheppy
Here it is, Summer of 2023. Time to brew this again. Seems like I just got done with the Spring Saison. This year is going way too fast.
06/29/2023 esheppy
Picking up ingredients at Tom's today. Hope to brew Sunday.
07/01/2023 esheppy
Made a starter. Going to prepare water and start the mash tonight.
07/02/2023 esheppy
Well ... I was exhausted last night and didn't feel like getting the mash going. So, I got up this morning and started it. Then I went back to bed. Still got in over 4 hours of mash time. Of course I didn't finish until after 11am. Brew day went well. Somehow I ended up with an OG of 1.054.
07/03/2023 esheppy
Fermentation started up before bedtime. Going strong today. Nice hop aroma coming out of airlock.
07/06/2023 esheppy
Fermentation pretty slow now. Still lots of kraussen and cloudy.
07/11/2023 esheppy
Starting to look real clear. Thin remains of kraussen on top. Will probably keg this weekend.
07/14/2023 esheppy
Kegged. FG nice and dry at 1.003. 6.7ABV. Nice French Saison flavor. Wonderful beer.
07/15/2023 esheppy
Even though carbonation isn't quite there, I've been drinking. Yummy yummy yummy.
07/23/2023 esheppy
Yummy beer. Still hazy. Lots of foam ... Especially when pouring first of day. Summer Saison so perfect to drink while smoking tri-tips 😋
08/04/2023 esheppy
Pouring perfect. Tastes exactly as it should. Nice French saison flavor. Great hoppy finish. Wonderful summer beer.
08/18/2023 esheppy
Love this beer. Not sure how much longer it will last.
08/26/2023 esheppy
It is sort of funny... When I started brewing "Seasonal Saisons" I would never have called Saison my favorite style. It probably is now. At least if I brew it. It is still a style I'm picky about. I love mine though. French Saison 3711 ftw.
09/08/2023 esheppy
09/17/2023 esheppy
Killed the keg a couple nights ago. Great to the last drop. Lasted a fairly long time and we're getting close to Autumn. Makes room for Shoddy IPA which is being kegged today.
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