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Falling Leaves Autumn Saison

Brewed: 09/25/2016   Bottled: 10/20/2016

Seasonal Saisons. I am established a seasonal (Saison-inal) series of beers.

I brewed a Winter Saison. I missed the Spring Saison, but I brewed the Summer Saison.

In October of 2014, it was time to brew a Autumn (Harvest) Saison. Of course, I had to  use French Saison Wyeast Labs #3711  (aka the REAL super yeast) to get that nice, dry, farmhouse/harvest ale character that I have come to expect and enjoy from my saisons.

For the Autumnal member of the series, I originally planned to include a variety of pumpkins and other gourds / fruits / vegetables aka harvested produce. Like my other Seasonal Saisons, it was not designed to be very high in alcohol.

I was hoping to incorporate fresh hops as well, but the person I was counting on supplying them didn't come through.

The Autumn Saison is darker in color than the Summer Saison and lighter in color than the Winter Saison.

It turned out wonderful. A nice brown looking beer, but still very saison-like. It didn't take me long to finish this beer.

I will brew it again next Autumn and the next and the next.


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: Falling Leaves.

Falling Leaves Harvest Saison --- Batch 3

Style Saison Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.77 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   75.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.052 SG Estimated FG 1.005 SG
Recipe Bitterness 25.0 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 6.2 %
BU : GU   0.481        
Recipe Color 13.4 SRM
Measured OG:   1.053    Measured FG:    1.008
ADF:   85    Measured ABV:    5.9


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
12.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 1 -
1 lbs 13.0 oz Pumpkin (8.0 SRM) Adjunct 2 14.1 %
5 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 3 39.0 %
4 lbs Munich Malt - 30L (30.0 SRM) Grain 4 31.2 %
2 lbs Rye Malt (4.7 SRM) Grain 5 15.6 %
0.250 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [15.20 %] - First Wort 90.0 min Hop 6 16.3 IBUs
3.000 oz Saaz [3.70 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 7 8.7 IBUs
1.0 pkg French Saison (Wyeast Labs #3711) [50.28 ml] Yeast 8 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 16.02 qt of water at 155.6 F 145.0 F 90 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.42gal, 3.88gal) of 168.0 F water

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

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:   155
Mash Temps: Right around 145  
Pre-boil OG   (1.042 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.77 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp   62 
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Brewing Notes:
09/23/2016 esheppy
Bought ingredients yesterday. Interesting that all the hops have the same alpha as they did last time I brewed this recipe, so this year's recipe is exactly the same as last year's. That doesn't happen often.
09/25/2016 esheppy
Made starter last night. It is going good, but I can't get the stir plate to really stir. Also, am changing the recipe a bit to pull out the protein rest. We'll see how this goes.
09/25/2016 esheppy
Forgot the gypsum in the mash. Going to add it to boil
09/25/2016 esheppy
Brew day is done. Beer is in the fermentor. We'll see how it takes off.
09/26/2016 esheppy
It took off awesomely. 65 degrees. Added blow-off tube.
09/28/2016 esheppy
Fermentation continuing. 72
10/01/2016 esheppy
Still bubbling a bit. My original plan was to move this to secondary so I would have the big fermentor for X-Mas Ale, but I've decided to leave it in and use two 5 gallon fermentors for X-Mas.
10/16/2016 esheppy
Took a gravity sample. The 1.008 is somewhat disappointing, but the beer tastes great. Has a little more saison flavor to it than I usually pull off with this beer. Starter and higher temps probably get the credit. Just need to get a free keg so I can get this on tap.
10/20/2016 esheppy
Kegged. Chilling now.
10/22/2016 esheppy
Gave a couple of shots of CO2 today. Tried a pint. Needs carbonation, but tastes like it should.
10/29/2016 esheppy
Carbonation is better, but not quite perfect yet. Beer delicious, though.
11/19/2016 esheppy
Killed keg last night. Really didn't last long 😞 At least that means I have something to put Cubs Win in 😛
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