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Falling Leaves Autumn Saison

Brewed: 09/17/2017   Bottled: 09/30/2017

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 4

Style Saison Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.71 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   75.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.052 SG Estimated FG 1.005 SG
Recipe Bitterness 24.2 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 6.2 %
BU : GU   0.466        
Recipe Color 13.4 SRM
Measured OG:   1.048    Measured FG:   1.007 
ADF:   85    Measured ABV:   5.4


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
12.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 1 -
1 lbs 13.0 oz Pumpkin (8.0 SRM) Adjunct 2 14.1 %
5 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 3 39.0 %
4 lbs Munich Malt - 30L (30.0 SRM) Grain 4 31.2 %
2 lbs Rye Malt (4.7 SRM) Grain 5 15.6 %
0.250 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [15.00 %] - Boil 45.0 min Hop 6 13.1 IBUs
0.250 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [15.00 %] - Boil 25.0 min Hop 7 5.9 IBUs
3.000 oz Saaz [2.20 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 8 5.2 IBUs
1.0 pkg French Saison (Wyeast Labs #3711) [50.28 ml] Yeast 9 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 16.02 qt of water at 155.6 F 145.0 F 90 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.39gal, 3.86gal) 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   (1.042 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.71 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
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Brewing Notes:
09/16/2017 esheppy
Bought ingredients today. Also did a six cup starter.
09/21/2017 esheppy
Brewed Sunday. Fermentation took off. Thought I would need a blow-off tube, but it turned out that I didn't.
09/30/2017 esheppy
Kegged today. 1.007 FG isn't as low as I would ideally ask for, but it is fine. 5.4% ABV beer. Tastes great.
11/01/2017 esheppy
Been drinking this a lot. Been great.
11/26/2017 esheppy
Keg blew last night, making room for Killer Cricket. This was, as always, a delicious beer.
12/14/2017 esheppy
Casey got back to me and said she really liked this beer. Didn't really know what a "saison" was, but apparently she likes them.
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