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Hail Storm Summer Saison

Brewed: 06/26/2022   Kegged: 07/07/2022 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 9 (313)

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 29.2 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.7 %
BU : GU   0.571        
Recipe Color 4.4 SRM
Measured OG:   1.051    Measured FG:   1.003 
ADF:   94    Measured ABV:   6.3 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
7.81 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
10.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
8 lbs 12.0 oz Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 3 77.8 % 0.68 gal
1 lbs 12.0 oz White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 4 15.6 % 0.14 gal
12.0 oz Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 5 6.7 % 0.06 gal
0.500 oz Magnum [14.40 %] - Boil 40.0 min Hop 6 22.5 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 10.0 mins) Fining 7 - -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins) Other 8 - -
1.000 oz Saaz [3.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 9 2.4 IBUs -
2.000 oz Tettnang [3.70 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 10.0 min, 194.4 F Hop 10 4.4 IBUs -
1.0 pkg French Saison (Wyeast Labs #3711) [50.28 ml] Yeast 11 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 31.70 qt of water at 156.3 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 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.
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: 
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Brewing Notes:
06/13/2022 esheppy
Time to start thinking about brewing my Summer Saison.
06/23/2022 esheppy
Picked up ingredients yesterday from Tom's Brew Shop. Dingemans Pilsen / Promximity White Wheat / Weyerman Munich 1 Light. Should brew Sunday.
06/26/2022 esheppy
Brew day today. Actually started with mash last night. I accidentally poked a hole in the grain bag and lost significant amount of grain bill on my garage floor. My Pre-boil gravity turned out low. I compensated with table sugar and og was right on plan. Started around 4:30. Finished around 7:15. Cleaned up before 8.
06/27/2022 esheppy
Fermentation took off early afternoon of the brew day. Going strong this morning. Don't have tilt in this beer, so I can't comment on gravity or temperature.
06/28/2022 esheppy
Kegged Jethro Bud Nelson so I could put the Tilt into this beer. Right now it says 1.020 at 74 degrees. It doesn't look anywhere close to done, but there the bubbling is already slowing down quite a bit.
06/30/2022 esheppy
Tilt says 1.007 at 72 degrees. The actual gravity is probably more like 1.003. A thin layer of kraussen is still sort of hanging around in the top. The beer looks about as clear as my saisons get. I can probably keg this any time. 😋
07/08/2022 esheppy
Kegged yesterday. Really good flavor. Nice and dry. Nice and hoppy. Calling the FG 1.003. Chilling in beer fridge right now.
07/24/2022 esheppy
My parents are visiting and I gave a sample to my mom. She was not a fan of this beer. She doesn't generally drink beer or any kind of alcohol, so her evaluation doesn't mean much.
08/15/2022 esheppy
Killed the keg yesterday. Just in time for the NTS Lager.
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