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Falling Leaves Autumn Saison

Brewed: 09/26/2021   Kegged: 10/09/2021

Seasonal Saisons. I have 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.

Batch 8 was the first time I brewed this in the 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: Falling Leaves.

Falling Leaves Autumn Saison --- Batch 8 (298)

Style Saison Batch Size 6.00 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.12 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   68.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.058 SG Estimated FG 1.009 SG
Recipe Bitterness 26.9 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 6.4 %
BU : GU   0.467        
Recipe Color 9.2 SRM
Measured OG:   1.054    Measured FG:   1.004 
ADF:  92   Measured ABV:   6.6


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
8.73 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
12.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
0.50 tsp Lactic Acid (Mash) Water Agent 3 - -
8 lbs 8.0 oz Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 4 60.7 % 0.66 gal
3 lbs 8.0 oz Munich Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM) Grain 5 25.0 % 0.27 gal
2 lbs White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 6 14.3 % 0.16 gal
0.500 oz Magnum [10.90 %] - Boil 50.0 min Hop 7 19.1 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 8 - -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 9 - -
3.000 oz Saaz [3.50 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 10 7.9 IBUs -
1.0 pkg French Saison (Wyeast Labs #3711) [50.28 ml] Yeast 11 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 34.59 qt of water at 156.9 F 150.0 F 45 min
Heat Heat to 156.0 F over 10 min 156.0 F 20 min

If steeping, remove grains, and prepare to boil wort

Recipe Notes
Make 6 cup starter with 3 cups DME.
From Denver water, 12g gypsum puts my water profile at
Acid addition to bring expected mash pH to 5.4
Boil and add hops as instructed above.
Chill as close to 75 degrees as possible.
Keg. Carbonate. Enjoy.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.053 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.12 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

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Brewing Notes:
09/24/2021 esheppy
Bought ingredients today. Decided to take out the pumpkin based on recirculating issues I had with Will-o-Wisp. Compensated with base malt. Probably too much.
09/24/2021 esheppy
Also ... LHBS didn't have the 30L Munich anymore. 20L is the highest they now have. So ... the beer will be a little lighter in color than previous years.
09/25/2021 esheppy
Made starter and got water ready for overnight mash. Brew day tomorrow.
09/27/2021 esheppy
Brew day yesterday. Fermentation started early afternoon. Going strong right now.
10/01/2021 esheppy
Still seeing bubbling, but no krausen. Don't have the tilt in this batch, so I don't know where the gravity is.
10/09/2021 esheppy
Kegged. Harvested the yeast. 1.004 FG puts this beer at 6.6%ABV. Sample tasted just like I remember. Chilling in the beer fridge.
11/16/2021 esheppy
As always, this beer is great. Obviously not your typical Saison with the Munich malt flavor and darkish amber color. But, I love it nonetheless. Yummy 😋
11/21/2021 esheppy
Killed the keg. Yummy beer while it lasted.
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