Rye Saison - Silver Medal Winner

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Rye Saison - Silver Medal Winner

Postby StevieDS » Fri May 20, 2016 14:22

I've been meaning to post this recipe for a while now cos it's certainly one of my best beers to date. It won me a silver medal in the NHC competition with 44 points which I was very pleased with. This was my second attempt at a rye saison, the first one wasn't brilliant so I made a couple of small tweaks. The real star of this recipe is the yeast, if you brew this with anything other than Wyeast 3711 it won't be the same beer, there isn't a White Labs equivalent either unfortunately. The combination of low mash temperature, table sugar and the fact that this yeast will eat through anything, meant that the FG was 1.003 which is very dry.

Rye Saison Version 2

Recipe Specs
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Batch Size (L): 20.0
Total Grain (kg): 5.000
Total Hops (g): 60.00
Original Gravity (OG): 1.056 (°P): 13.8
Final Gravity (FG): 1.003 (°P): 0.8
Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 6.93 %
Colour (SRM): 4.1 (EBC): 8.1
Bitterness (IBU): 22.9 (Tinseth)
Brewhouse Efficiency (%): 73
Boil Time (Minutes): 90

Grain Bill
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3.500 kg Pilsner (70%)
1.000 kg Rye Malt (20%)
0.250 kg Granulated Sugar (5%)
0.250 kg Rye Malt, Dark (5%)

Hop Bill
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20.0 g East Kent Golding Leaf (7% Alpha) @ 90 Minutes (Boil) (1 g/L)
20.0 g East Kent Golding Leaf (7% Alpha) @ 15 Minutes (Boil) (1 g/L)
20.0 g East Kent Golding Leaf (7% Alpha) @ 0 Minutes (Boil) (1 g/L)

Misc Bill
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5.0 g Irish Moss @ 15 Minutes (Boil)
5.0 g Yeast Nutrient @ 15 Minutes (Boil)

Single step Infusion at 64°C for 90 Minutes.
Fermented at 23°C with Wyeast 3711 - French Saison

Notes
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2L yeast starter
Underpitched a little to increase esters
Fermented for 5 weeks in primary at 23°c and 1 week at 10°c
Carb to 2.8 vol

Water profile:
Calcium 92
Sulphate 94
Chloride 87
Bicarb 21


I sent a bottle of this to Serum a while back and hopefully he won't mind that I've included his tasting notes below:
serum wrote:It's got a nice golden colour, poured with a good thick head and is pretty clear, very good lacing on the glass too.

The aroma is grainy from the rye and has that slightly metallic aroma you get when a Belgian beer has been aged for a while.

The mouthfeel is nice and lean, good solid carbonation but not excessive.

Taste wise you can definitely pick up the rye with that very dry flavour and the subtle bitterness mixes well with it. It has a bit of a sherry flavour making it taste like it's been aged. I'd be interested to know when you made this.(The beer was about 3 months old at this point- Stevie) I know transport can oxidise beer so that could have contributed to that.

Your beer definitely tastes authentic so it gets the thumbs up from me.


Below are the BJCP scoresheets in case anyone is interested in reading the judges comments about this beer (if you can decipher the hieroglyphics):
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Edit to add:
I forgot to say I can't take credit for the original recipe, it's based on this recipe from Homebrewtalk.

Last edited by StevieDS on Sat May 28, 2016 12:49, edited 1 time in total.

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Drinking: AG51 Brett Saison v1, AG53 Standard Bitter
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Re: Rye Saison - Silver Medal Winner

Postby Rolfster » Fri May 20, 2016 17:56

This looks very interesting!
Thank you for sharing.
It's gone on my long list of must make beer :thumb:
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Re: Rye Saison - Silver Medal Winner

Postby jkp » Fri May 20, 2016 20:13

Congratulations, those are fantastic scores! And I'm impressed by how much the judges have written too.

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Re: Rye Saison - Silver Medal Winner

Postby StevieDS » Sun May 22, 2016 13:00

Rolfster wrote:This looks very interesting!
Thank you for sharing.
It's gone on my long list of must make beer :thumb:

It's a nice simple, easy to make recipe. Go for it :thumb: The dark rye malt isn't really necessary either I don't think, so if you can't get it don't worry. I only added it for a little colour.
jkp wrote:Congratulations, those are fantastic scores! And I'm impressed by how much the judges have written too.

I was very happy with those scores and the level of judging this year was great, very detailed feedback compared to other competitions I've entered.

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Conditioning: AG51 Brett Saison, AG48 Biere de Garde, AG42 Westvleteren XII Clone, AG29 Lambic v1.0
Drinking: AG51 Brett Saison v1, AG53 Standard Bitter
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Re: Rye Saison - Silver Medal Winner

Postby Brewedout » Tue May 24, 2016 21:18

Kind of you to share! Well done with the result

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