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Melting Stream Spring Saison

Brewed: 04/23/2023   Kegged: 05/04/2023

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. 

Batch 7 was modified slightly to fit in my Anvil Foundry.


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 9 (332)

Style Saison Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   6.57 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   68.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.049 SG Estimated FG 1.008 SG
Recipe Bitterness 26.8 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.5 %
BU : GU   0.545        
Recipe Color 3.7 SRM
Measured OG:   1.049    Measured FG:   1.003
ADF:   94   Measured ABV:    6.1


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
7.36 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
9.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
8 lbs 12.0 oz Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 3 81.4 % 0.68 gal
2 lbs White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 4 18.6 % 0.16 gal
0.500 oz Magnum [15.80 %] - Boil 35.0 min Hop 5 20.9 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 6 - -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 7 - -
0.500 oz Lemondrop [6.00 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 8 2.1 IBUs -
1.000 oz Lemondrop [6.00 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 5.0 min, 194.4 F Hop 9 2.1 IBUs -
1.000 oz Saaz [4.90 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 5.0 min, 194.4 F Hop 10 1.7 IBUs -
1.0 pkg French Saison (Wyeast Labs #3711) [50.28 ml] Yeast 11 - -
1.500 oz Lemondrop [5.10 %] - 3.0 Days Before Bottling for 5.0 Days Hop 12 0.0 IBUs -
1.000 oz Saaz [4.90 %] - 3.0 Days Before Bottling for 5.0 Days Hop 13 0.0 IBUs -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 29.44 qt of water at 156.6 F 150.0 F 240 min

If steeping, remove grains, and prepare to boil wort

Recipe Notes
Make 6 cup starter a few days before brew day.
From Denver water, gypsum puts my water profile at
Overnight mash if desired.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.044 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (6.57 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

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Brewing Notes:
04/14/2023 esheppy
Got ingredients yesterday. Will likely brew this weekend.
04/22/2023 esheppy
I didn't brew last weekend. Making a starter today. I'll prep the water and start an overnight mash tonight. Brew day tomorrow.
04/23/2023 esheppy
Brew day went well today. From the time I started until the fermenter was in its basement spot was exactly 2.5 hours. I hit the expected OG. I am trying sous vede magnets holding hop bags for the dry hop. The yeast started up almost immediately and I think it likely that the kraussen is going to hit the hop bags ... oh well.
04/25/2023 esheppy
Tilt says 1.023 at 70 degrees. Kraussen starting to fall. It did get at least one of the hop bags. Maybe both. Regardless, I'll wait a couple days to release them.
04/27/2023 esheppy
Tilt says 1.002 at 67 degrees. Beer starting to clear, but there is still some kraussen on the top. Think I'll wait one more day before letting the dry hop fall into the beer.
04/28/2023 esheppy
Tilt says 1.003 at 67 degrees. Still a real thin layer of kraussen, but I dropped the hops. The one with the magnet in it sunk immediately. The other is sitting on top right now. There is a huge layer of yeast on the bottom.
04/30/2023 esheppy
Tilt said 1.001 at 67 degrees. Taking it out to put in Captain Serious. I was wrong about the magnet hop bag sinking to the bottom. It is actually fairly close to the top. Still some kraussen on top.
05/04/2023 esheppy
Kegged. 1.003 FG makes this a 6.1% abv beer. Nice Nobel hop flavor and aroma on a dry crisp base. Great French Saison yeast flavor. Drink. Drank. Drunk.
05/10/2023 esheppy
Brought a gallon to Big Brew Day Saturday. It was well loved. The beer is now pouring foamy. I think it will recover soon. Delicious nonetheless.
05/18/2023 esheppy
Shared with the in-laws. My father-in-law REALLY said this was his favorite of what is on tap. I think that's a good choice. This is an awesome beer for sure.
05/26/2023 esheppy
Killed the keg. Actually.. it was probably gone last weekend. Anyway ... Need to brew more.
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