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2019 BBD Blood Orange Saison Mango Pale

Brewed: 05/04/2019   Kegged: 05/24/2019

bbdBlood.jpgFor 2019 Big Brew Day, the SheppyBrew Beer Model really wanted to host a brew session. 

We invited our friend "Doc" and our friend "Du" over with their beer equipment. We also invited several non-brewers who were interested in learning about homebrewing (and/or sitting around drinking homebrew and eating barbecue) .

For this event, SheppyBrew decided to do our first 10 gallon batch of beer. 

I had been wanting to do another Blood Orange Saison

I don't have a 10 gallon fermentor, so I was going to have to ferment in separate vessels anyway. I thought I'd split the batch.

One of the non-brewing friends wanted a Mango beer, so the "other" fermentor became a Mango Pale Ale.


When it comes right down to it, I like the Blood Orange Saison more than the Mango Pale Ale. The Saison is exactly what I pictured a Blood Orange Saison should be.

The Mango Pale just tastes too much like mango and not enough like a pale ale. I think it would benefit from finishing hops. Also, less of the mango flavoring.

But both beers are delicious. Both are very drinkable. Yummy.


For more about SheppyBrew's Big Brew days ... see Sheppy's Blog: Big Brew Day

For my blog post on this particular brew day see Big Brew Day 2019.

2019 BBD Saison Pale --- Batch 1

Style Saison Batch Size 10.00 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   12.45 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.057 SG Estimated FG 1.005 SG
Recipe Bitterness 29.0 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 6.8 %
BU : GU   0.506        
Recipe Color 5.2 SRM
Measured OG:   1.058    Measured FG:   1.013 (MPA)
1.002 (BOS)
ADF:   78% (MPA)
96% (BOS)
  Measured ABV:   5.9 (MPA)
7.4 (BOS)


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
24.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 1 -
18 lbs 12.0 oz Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 68.2 %
1 lbs 12.0 oz White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 3 6.4 %
1 lbs Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 4 3.6 %
1.000 oz Magnum [12.70 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 5 29.0 IBUs
2.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 6 -
1.0 pkg French Saison Ale (White Labs #WLP590) Yeast 7 -
1.0 pkg Nottingham Yeast (Lallemand #-) [23.66 ml] Yeast 8 -
2.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Primary 3.0 days) Other 9 -
3 lbs Fruit - Blood Orange (0.0 SRM) Adjunct 10 10.9 %
3 lbs Mango Puree (5.0 SRM) Adjunct 11 10.9 %
2.00 oz Blood Orange Extract (Bottling 5.0 mins) Flavor 12 -
2.00 oz Mango Extract (Bottling 5.0 mins) Flavor 13 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 26.88 qt of water at 155.6 F 145.0 F 90 min

Batch sparge with 3 steps (1.60gal, 5.74gal, 0.97gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
From Denver water, 24g gypsum puts my water profile at
Make starter a day or two before brew day.
Brew as directed. Chill to as close to 60F as possible. Rack into two separate 5 gallon fermentors.
Pitch saison yeast into one. Notinham into other.
About 1 week into fermentation, add puree. Mango to Pale Ale. Blood Orange to saison.
Keg or bottle.
Yeast url:
Optimum Temp range for yeast: 65 - 77

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.048 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (12.45 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

Brewing Notes:
05/02/2019 esheppy
Bought ingredients today. Looking forward to brew day.
05/04/2019 esheppy
Today is brew day and I remembered that I had not made a starter. Got it going around 5:30 or so.
05/04/2019 esheppy
Great brew day with lots of people over. Think I got it all in ok despite many distractions.
05/05/2019 esheppy
Going strong this morning. Saison down to 1.047 already.
05/06/2019 esheppy
Saison Seems to be slowing down. Tilt is showing 1.044. Thinking the WY3711 is better than this White Labs French Saision isn't as good as my regular Super Yeast. The Pale Ale is vigorous.
05/08/2019 esheppy
Saison continues to inch down. 1.036. Visual fermentation signs are going away. Temperature had been right at 70 the whole time. Right in middle of suggested range. Not sure if I should try adding more yeast or just let this do its own thing.
05/09/2019 esheppy
Pale ale has cleared out to the almost finished look. Saison keeps going. Currently at 1.031. Still hazy, but the kraussen is just about gone.
05/11/2019 esheppy
That saison is still working. 1.019 gravity. Still very hazy. Probably want to transfer the pale ale onto fruit soon.
05/14/2019 esheppy
Saison at 1.010. Still hazy so I think it is still working. Hoping to add mango to pale ale.
05/16/2019 esheppy
Saison down to 1.008 and it is closer to that "done" look. I keep saying this, but I need to add mango to the Pale. Then, I'll add the orange to the saison.
05/16/2019 esheppy
Mango Pale Ale to secondary on mango puree. Forget to take gravity reading ... but oh well.
05/18/2019 esheppy
Added blood orange to the saison. Turns out I must have messed up the calibration on the tilt. Tilt read 1.007, but I noticed that the un-calibrated FG was 1.000. I calibrated in water, and it looks like my beer finished right about at 1.001. Adding fruit raised the gravity to 1.004, which makes sense. Apparently this WLP590 is closer to 3711 than I thought. Love the flavor. Tastes like the 3711. Has enough malt flavor that I would not call it 1.000. Note ... I had almost a gallon left that I put into another vessel. Not sure what I'll do with that.
05/24/2019 esheppy
Kegged up the Mango Pale Ale. Not a full keg. Maybe 4 gallons? Didn't take a gravity reading. Didn't taste it. I'm going to assume 78% attenuation, which would be 1.013 FG and a 5.9% ABV beer. Close enough for me.
05/28/2019 esheppy
Kegged up the Blood Orange Saison. Since I had one more empty keg, I put the extra gallon of saison in that and dumped my growlers of wheat beer on tap. Not sure how that will turn out, but we'll see.
05/31/2019 esheppy
First pour of the Blood Orange Saison. Delicious.
05/31/2019 esheppy
First pour of Mango Pale. Maybe too much mango.
08/04/2019 esheppy
Killed the Blood Orange Saison.
08/18/2019 esheppy
Still working on the mango. Blended it down with Hail Storm. Usually, I blend it more.
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