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Falling Leaves Autumn Saison

Brewed: 10/11/2020   Kegged: 10/22/2020

Seasonal Saisons. I am established a seasonal (Saison-inal) series of beers.

I brewed a Winter Saison. I missed the Spring Saison, but I brewed the Summer Saison.

In October of 2014, it was time to brew a Autumn (Harvest) Saison. Of course, I had to  use French Saison Wyeast Labs #3711  (aka the REAL super yeast) to get that nice, dry, farmhouse/harvest ale character that I have come to expect and enjoy from my saisons.

For the Autumnal member of the series, I originally planned to include a variety of pumpkins and other gourds / fruits / vegetables aka harvested produce. Like my other Seasonal Saisons, it was not designed to be very high in alcohol.

I was hoping to incorporate fresh hops as well, but the person I was counting on supplying them didn't come through.

The Autumn Saison is darker in color than the Summer Saison and lighter in color than the Winter Saison.

It turned out wonderful. A nice brown looking beer, but still very saison-like. It didn't take me long to finish this beer.

I will brew it again next Autumn and the next and the next.


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: Falling Leaves.

Falling Leaves Harvest Saison --- Batch 7

Style Saison Batch Size 6.00 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   8.23 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.055 SG Estimated FG 1.005 SG
Recipe Bitterness 27.8 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 6.6 %
BU : GU   0.501        
Recipe Color 12.8 SRM
Measured OG:   1.054    Measured FG:   1.004 
ADF:   92    Measured ABV:   6.6% 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
13.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 1 - -
2 lbs 2.2 oz Pumpkin (8.0 SRM) Adjunct 2 14.1 % 0.26 gal
7 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 3 46.2 % 0.55 gal
4 lbs Munich Malt - 30L (30.0 SRM) Grain 4 26.4 % 0.31 gal
2 lbs White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 5 13.2 % 0.16 gal
0.500 oz Magnum [12.80 %] - Boil 50.0 min Hop 6 21.7 IBUs -
3.000 oz Saaz [2.80 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 7 6.1 IBUs -
1.0 pkg French Saison (Wyeast Labs #3711) [50.28 ml] Yeast 8 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 18.92 qt of water at 155.6 F 145.0 F 90 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.20gal, 4.12gal) 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:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.046 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (8.23 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
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Brewing Notes:
10/09/2020 esheppy
Bought ingredients today. Whoever packed my order forgot the 2nd page of the order. Good thing I decided to check.
10/11/2020 esheppy
Brew day went well. Started at around 4am. Done before 8am. 1.054 OG.
10/12/2020 esheppy
Fermentation took off last night sometime. Going strong now. Tilt says 1.040. 71 degrees.
10/14/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.023 at 71 degrees. Airlock still bubbling. May be slowing down some.
10/16/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.007 at 70. Kraussen starting to fall. Hoping for a few more point on the FG.
10/17/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.002 at 69. Kraussen just about gone. Not seeing any more bubbling.
10/19/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.000 at 69. Should keg soon.
10/22/2020 esheppy
Kegged. FG 1.004. As always, I love the sample. Great French saison yeast flavor with the Munich malt base. So yummy.
11/09/2020 esheppy
Been drinking this a bunch. The keg is already starting to feel light. Probably won't last much longer.
11/13/2020 esheppy
Clarity on this is great now. The keg is getting light. Probably won't last through the weekend.
11/15/2020 esheppy
Keg blew 😥 Wonderful beer. Didn't last long. I was correct that it wouldn't last the weekend.
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