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Falling Leaves Autumn Saison

Brewed: 10/09/2023   Kegged: 10/19/2023

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 10 (343)

Style Saison Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   6.60 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   65.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.055 SG Estimated FG 1.009 SG
Recipe Bitterness 28.9 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 6.1 %
BU : GU   0.528        
Recipe Color 15.6 SRM
Measured OG:   1.057    Measured FG:   1.003 
ADF:   94   Measured ABV:   7.1 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
8.07 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
11.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
0.50 tsp Lactic Acid (Mash) Water Agent 3 - -
7 lbs 8.0 oz Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 4 58.8 % 0.59 gal
3 lbs Munich Malt - 20L (9.0 SRM) Grain 5 23.5 % 0.23 gal
2 lbs White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 6 15.7 % 0.16 gal
4.0 oz Midnight Wheat Malt (550.0 SRM) Grain 7 2.0 % 0.02 gal
1.000 oz Magnum [12.60 %] - Boil 25.0 min Hop 8 20.9 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 9 - -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 10 - -
2.000 oz Saaz [4.90 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 11 8.0 IBUs -
1.0 pkg French Saison (Wyeast Labs #3711) [50.28 ml] Yeast 12 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 32.14 qt of water at 156.9 F 150.0 F 240 min

If steeping, remove grains, and prepare to boil wort

Recipe Notes
Make 6 cup starter with 3 cups DME.
From Denver water, 112g gypsum puts my water profile at
Acid addition to bring expected mash pH to 5.5
Mash overnight in the Anvil Foundry
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   (1.050 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (6.60 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
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Brewing Notes:
10/08/2023 esheppy
Bought grains today. The Brew Hut didn't have my dark Munich,so I went with lower Munich and some midnight wheat. Have to change recipe. Not sure when I'll brew.
10/09/2023 esheppy
Brew day today. I wasn't really planning on brewing today, but the work holiday and other factors made me decide to go for it. Everything went well, although I didn't have as much harvested 3711 as I thought. If the fermentation doesn't take off I might pitch some Belgium dry yeast I have. Also, the Beer Model distracted me and the end of the boil was different than planned. 1.057 OG.
10/10/2023 esheppy
Not seeing signs of fermentation yet. If I'm not seeing anything by this evening, I'll pitch a pack of T58. Not sure that will take off either, though, the expiration on that pack is past.
10/10/2023 esheppy
Not sure when it actually started, but at 2pm I see krausen and bubbling. Tilt says 1.050 at 69 degrees.
10/11/2023 esheppy
Rocking. Tilt says 1.038 at 72.
10/12/2023 esheppy
Still going strong. Tilt says 1.022 at 72.
10/14/2023 esheppy
Kraussen is completely gone. Tilt says 1.005 at 70. If this is accurate, the beer is 6.9% with a 91 ADF. Looks pretty clear, so I guess I can actually keg any time now.
10/19/2023 esheppy
Kegged. Tilt said 1.003 and that is exactly what I got with the hydrometer. Tastes exactly like the Autumn Saison. Sort of an Oktoberfest with French Saison flavor. Yummy beer. Chilling and carbonating in the kegerator.
10/20/2023 esheppy
Pouring from the tap. Not carbonated yet and probably could be a bit colder, but man this is a great beer.
10/28/2023 esheppy
Love this beer. Tasting a little too clean tonight, but I'm not complaining.
11/10/2023 esheppy
Starting to get real nice and clear. Visually beautiful. Perfect combination of malty goodness and French saison yeast flavor. Pairs nicely with afternoon string cheese snack.
11/28/2023 esheppy
Beer is almost gone. Wonderful beer.
12/03/2023 esheppy
Keg blew. I thought I had a little more in there. Yummy beer. Well brew it again next year.
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