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Falling Leaves Autumn Saison

Brewed: 09/29/2019   Bottled: 10/15/2019

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 6

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 1.054 SG Estimated FG 1.005 SG
Recipe Bitterness 28.9 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 6.4 %
BU : GU   0.541        
Recipe Color 14.3 SRM
Measured OG:   1.050    Measured FG:   1.003 
ADF:   94   Measured ABV:   6.2%


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
13.09 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 1 -
2 lbs 2.2 oz Pumpkin (8.0 SRM) Adjunct 2 13.9 %
6 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 3 39.0 %
4 lbs 12.0 oz Munich Malt - 30L (30.0 SRM) Grain 4 30.9 %
2 lbs 8.0 oz Rye Malt (4.7 SRM) Grain 5 16.2 %
0.500 oz Magnum [12.70 %] - Boil 50.0 min Hop 6 21.5 IBUs
3.000 oz Saaz [3.40 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 7 7.4 IBUs
1.1 pkg French Saison (Wyeast Labs #3711) [50.28 ml] Yeast 8 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 19.23 qt of water at 155.6 F 145.0 F 90 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.15gal, 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   (1.044 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (8.23 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
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Brewing Notes:
09/27/2019 esheppy
Bought ingredients today. Should brew Sunday.
09/29/2019 esheppy
Brew day today. Left the pumpkin out. Ended up a little low on the OG ... but don't really care.
09/30/2019 esheppy
Active fermentation. 74 degrees.
10/01/2019 esheppy
Tilt says 1.022 and 75 degrees. Still going strong.
10/02/2019 esheppy
1.010. 73. Still going. Slowing down some, but still kraussen.
10/04/2019 esheppy
1.007. 69 degrees. Kraussen is almost gone.
10/06/2019 esheppy
Looks done. 1.004
10/15/2019 esheppy
Kegged. Great saison flavor. 1.003 fg makes this a 6.2% beer. Nice color. Nice and dry. Perfect saison.
10/18/2019 esheppy
Rocked in some CO2 and had a pint. So great. I love this beer.
11/24/2019 esheppy
Killed keg. Didnt seem to last very long.
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