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Melting Stream Spring Saison

Brewed: 04/21/2024   Kegged: 05/01/2024

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 10 (354)

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 24.6 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.5 %
BU : GU   0.501        
Recipe Color 3.7 SRM
Measured OG:   1.050    Measured FG:   1.003 
ADF:   94    Measured ABV:   6.2 


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 [12.60 %] - Boil 40.0 min Hop 5 20.2 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 [5.10 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 8 1.8 IBUs -
1.000 oz Lemondrop [5.10 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 5.0 min, 194.4 F Hop 9 1.7 IBUs -
1.000 oz Saaz [2.40 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 5.0 min, 194.4 F Hop 10 0.8 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 [2.40 %] - 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:
03/19/2024 esheppy
Got the recipe updated for 2024. This will be the 10th time brewing this beer! Wow! Probably brewing in early April.
04/15/2024 esheppy
Ordered ingredients at Tom's Brew Shop. Will pick up sometime this week and probably brew this weekend.
04/21/2024 esheppy
Brew Day today went well. Overnight mash. Up early enough to finish before church. OG at 1.050. Pitched yeast at about 80 degrees. Should be drinking in a couple weeks.
04/22/2024 esheppy
Fermentation started by yesterday afternoon and is going strong today. The temperature strip says about 68 today. Will let it ferment about two weeks.
04/30/2024 esheppy
Seems to be done. No bubbling or krausen and pretty clear now. Might keg this up soon so I can bring some up to Du's Brewery on Big Brew Day.
05/01/2024 esheppy
Kegged today. Added the dry hops in a hop sleeve into the keg. Nice flavor. 1.003 FG, making this a 6.2% ABV beer. Chilling in kegerator now. Might move to beer fridge once the Irish Ale Keg kicks.
05/03/2024 esheppy
Very Hazy IPA-ish. I'm sure it will clear out. Needs to carbonate quite a bit more.
05/09/2024 esheppy
Real foamy now, so I overshot the carbonation. Thinking about moving it to beer fridge for the colder temps. Great beer once the foam falls.
05/23/2024 esheppy
Fantastic beer. Love the French Saison flavor with the lemon drop and saaz dry hop aroma. Pouring great now. Might be low carbonation for the style, but I don't care.
06/07/2024 esheppy
Really starting to get clear, so it might be running out. Great lemony flavor. Great beer.
06/13/2024 esheppy
Lemony. Dry. Refreshing. Smooth. Fruity. Citrus. Balanced.
06/14/2024 esheppy
The Beer Model killed this keg pouring for her parents. Drunkards! Need to get brewing.
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