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Melting Stream Spring Saison

Brewed: 03/11/2018   Bottled: 03/25/2018

You may know about the SheppyBrew Seasonal Saison series of beers.

meltingstream.jpgThe first time I brewed a Saison was in the late Winter of 2014, Arctic Vortex Winter Saison. Then, I brewed a Summer Saison with Hail Storm Summer Saison. My most recent beer in the series was this past Autumn with Falling Leaves Harvest Saison.

It was between my Summer brew and my Autumn brew that I realized I was doing a Seasonal Series. Alas, I had skipped Spring.

Early in 2015, I started my second Seasonal Saison cycle with a second batch of Arctic Vortex, and this time I was ready for a Spring Saison when Winter was over.

Like all my saisons, I wanted it to finish dry and derive any of its spiciness from the 3711 ("The Real Super Yeast") and noble hops. No spices added, just beer ingredients. I decided to go a little lighter than a traditional saison in color.

I decided to load this beer up on noble hops, using the hop schedule from Ello Poppet as a template. It does use more hops than Ello Poppet. I might be hoppier than the style calls for.

I spent a fair amount of time trying to come up with a good name. The more clever names I came up with were taken by other beers on untappd. Finally, I decided on Melting Stream. Spring in Colorado is when mountain snow starts to melt and fills up the creeks and streams. The image of rushing water from snow melt is something that says Spring to me. I thought "Melting Stream" conveyed that image. And, no one else had a beer with that name on untappd.

I changed up the recipe for batch 3. I reduced the OG and ABV. I also decided to finally try the Lemon Drop hop. 


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: Melting Stream.

Melting Stream Spring Saison --- Batch 4

Style Saison Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.77 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.048 SG Estimated FG 1.005 SG
Recipe Bitterness 33.4 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.7 %
BU : GU   0.690        
Recipe Color 3.5 SRM
Measured OG:   1.048   Measured FG:    1.006
ADF:    87%   Measured ABV:    5.5


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
12.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 1 -
8 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 78.0 %
2 lbs 4.0 oz White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 3 22.0 %
0.500 oz Magnum [12.70 %] - First Wort 90.0 min Hop 4 27.3 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 5 -
0.500 oz Lemondrop [5.20 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 6 2.7 IBUs
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 7 -
1.000 oz Lemondrop [5.20 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 5.0 min Hop 8 1.7 IBUs
0.500 oz Hallertauer [4.00 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 5.0 min Hop 9 0.7 IBUs
0.500 oz Saaz [2.20 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 5.0 min Hop 10 0.4 IBUs
0.500 oz Tettnang [3.70 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 5.0 min Hop 11 0.6 IBUs
1.0 pkg French Saison (Wyeast Labs #3711) [50.28 ml] Yeast 12 -
0.500 oz Hallertau [4.00 %] - Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 13 0.0 IBUs
0.500 oz Saaz [2.20 %] - Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 14 0.0 IBUs
0.500 oz Tettnang [3.70 %] - Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 15 0.0 IBUs
0.250 oz Lemondrop [5.20 %] - Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 16 0.0 IBUs

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 12.81 qt of water at 155.6 F 145.0 F 90 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.91gal, 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:  
Mash Temps:  148 ish
Pre-boil OG   (1.039 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.77 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    64
Day 1: 
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Brewing Notes:
03/11/2018 esheppy
Brewed today. Everything went well. Started a little after 6 and finished a bit before 11. Added 6oz sugar to get the og up to 1.048.
03/12/2018 esheppy
Really active with lots of Kraussen. 72. Fantastic hop aroma coming out of airlock.
03/13/2018 esheppy
Still fermenting away. 72
03/18/2018 esheppy
Moved to secondary with dry hops. 1.006.
03/25/2018 esheppy
Kegged. 1.006 fg.
03/28/2018 esheppy
Really tasty. Perfect saison. Hoppy and wonderful.
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