Saison d'Sofiemyr

April 17 2019, Tags: Saison, Beer


I brewed my first beer six years ago. Since then I've brewed over a hundred beers. Some of them have been good, some awful. At some point I started turning out more duds than successes, and I lost the interest. Then I got a dog, and poof! A year went by without a single brew.

Fast forward to April 2019, and I visited the Glazen Toren brewery with two friends. I love their beers, and the visit was so inspiring that I immediately got about brewing when I got home. I used all the information I could gather at the brewery to attempt a beer like their Saison d'Erpe-Mere: The Saison d'Sofiemyr.

Grist

Water adjustments

Mash

Sparge

After running off the wort, I added 10 liters of 80C water, left for 10 minutes, then ran off again.

Boil

75 minute boil.

Pitch

After 24 hours, the temperature dropped to 19.3C, and fermentation was active. I ran this fermentation without temperature control in my new Brew Bucket (it's too big for my current fermentation fridge).

April 26th: Fermentation still active, SG 1.004.

Eventually the beer stalled at FG 1.004. That's 7.6% ABV, about a full percent higher than attempted.

Bottling

I bottled this beer three ways:

  1. With wort, dosing wort into individual bottles with a syringe
  2. With sugar, dosing syrup into individual bottles with a syringe
  3. With thin sugar water, to reach 6.5% ABV, as the original

Out of the three, I actually enjoyed the 6.5% version the most. Will definitely brew again.