A few weeks back I decided to brew up my first saison. It took me a while before I could find a saison that i liked and then one day I stumbled upon a beer from the guys at Lost and grounded, a new and exciting brewery from Bristol, Uk. I found it hard to find a well balanced saison so when I decided to brew my own I felt I had to focus on ensuring a well balanced beer that isn’t all about the characteristics that come from the yeast. I think I did that.
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Reduce Wheat Malt
As I said, the beer is pretty good but If i was to brew it again I would probably look at decreasing the amount of wheat in the recipe to allow some of the fruit to continue to sing throughout the. So I used 400 grams of wheat malt, I wonder if dropping that down to 300 and bumping up the pilsner malt could result in a better beer.
Increase Fruit Flavour
I was very worried about the effects of pectin if I was to add fruit to the boil. I'm pretty sure this would've helped increase the fruit flavour and keep it there for a while. I only added the peaches in the FV which explains why there's little fruit flavour later on. Adding fruit to beer can be complicated so I think we need to write a separate blog on that, watch this space.
As I said in the video, the yeast I used was very impressive and i'll probably try the same recipe with a different yeast to see how that changes the beer. It's always worth trying out different yeast because each yeast is going to give off different flavours.
Don't get me wrong, I think this beer is great, especially for version 1, but I'm going to try this beer again and make a couple adjusts over time. It's now over to you to give it ago but make sure you let us know how it turns out.
Pilsner (2 Row) UK
White Wheat Malt
Boil - 60
Boil - 30
Boil - 30
Boil - 0
Boil - 0
M29 French Sasion Yeast
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