2018 Advent - December 28 - Short Division - (Hoppy?) Brett Saison

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2018 Advent - December 28 - Short Division - (Hoppy?) Brett Saison

Post by mumblecrunch » Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:52 pm

Here's the original recipe out of Craft Beer & Brewing magazine from Transient Artisan Ales in Michigan for a beer called Obelus. It's designed to show off the hops in the first month or so and then, as the hops fade, the Brett comes forward. I made it with Galaxy hops last year and it worked pretty much as described. I used the dregs from a couple of bottles of Stillwell 3 plus an expired pack of Wyeast Brett (brux, i think). I called it Short Division because "obelus" is the name of the symbol you know from elementary school for infix division: ÷

This year I decided to do it with Huell Melon instead. For Brett I used dregs from 3 bottles of the original batch plus dregs from one bottle each of Stillwell 3 and Stillwell 4. It was brewed way back on September 22. I used the newish Safale BE-134 Saison yeast because it was in my fridge and I didn't have time to do a starter. The Brett was added once the beer was fermented out (FG 1.008 or so) and sat for several weeks at 23-25ºC. The dry hop was 100g of Huell Melon added about 3 weeks ago, at which point I let the temperature drop to 16-18ºC. By the time I bottled it was 1.000 or 0.999 so it's probably good that my OG was 10 points low at 1.052. Estimated ABV is 6.9%.

Carbonation is intended to be in the range of 2.8 volumes. I would have gone higher, but I didn't have bottles I felt comfortable going there with.

As I was drinking it during bottling it was quite flat, but I would say the Brett is totally dominant. I'm not sure I can taste any yeast character anymore and I'm not sure whether the hops just complement it really well or they're entirely overpowered by the Brett. That Stillwell culture is pretty gorgeous and we're lucky to have it around to play with.

Cheers Everyone!

*** NOTE: These are bottle conditioned and were only bottled on November 21st, so please keep them at room temperature until December 12 or so ***

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Re: 2018 Advent - December 28 - Short Division - (Hoppy?) Brett Saison

Post by mumblecrunch » Sat Nov 24, 2018 5:02 pm

Here are a couple of pictures from bottling day:
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Re: 2018 Advent - December 28 - Short Division - (Hoppy?) Brett Saison

Post by wcturnedec » Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:45 am

Sounds awesome, what were you thoughts on BE-134? I've heard good things about it being a decent dry saison yeast.
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Re: 2018 Advent - December 28 - Short Division - (Hoppy?) Brett Saison

Post by mumblecrunch » Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:36 pm

wcturnedec wrote:
Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:45 am
Sounds awesome, what were you thoughts on BE-134? I've heard good things about it being a decent dry saison yeast.
Back when I could taste it I thought it was fine ;)

I started fermentation at around 16ºC and let it free rise to 19ºC where it sat for the first three days or so. After that I put a heat belt on it and it spent the next week or so at 23-25ºC. By the end of 8 days the gravity was at 1.005 (down from 1.052)and that's when I pitched the Brett. My impression of the saison yeast was more "peppery" than "fruity", especially as compared to the WLP 566 (Belgian Saison II) I used in the previous batch of this beer. No lag, no stall, and obviously a strong eater.

TBH I was a little worried that it hadn't left the brett anything to work with, but when I was sampling the beer during bottling (flat and warm) I could barely taste the primary yeast or the hops. It will be really interesting to see what it tastes like on December 28th carbed and cool.

All in all I'd use this yeast again if I were aiming for a dry saison with pronounced phenolics and little in the way of fruity esters. I'll probably grab a couple of packets and throw them in the fridge as a saison backup plan as well.

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