|A pour of Saison Dupont (source below)|
Seconds, Please Saison July 17 2010
BJCP Category 16C. Saison
5 Gallons, All Grain, Single Infusion Mash, 75 Minute Boil
8.5 lbs. Domestic 2-Row
1 lb. Red Wheat
1 lb. Vienna
0.5 lb. Munich
Single Infusion Mash 148°F
0.5 lb. Cane Sugar (Trader Joe's Organic)
1/2 Cup of Sage Blossom Honey added at KO
1.5 oz. Hallertauer 60 min.
0.25 oz. Hallertauer 15 min.
0.25 oz. Hallertauer 5 min.
0.25 oz. Saaz 1 min.
1 Whirlfloc tab 20 min.
White Labs WLP566 Belgian Saison II (2 Vials), thanks Kara!
Fermented at 70°F
OG: 1.065 @ 76°F
FG: 1.0045 @ 68°F
ABV: 8.2% (temp corrected)
Image Source: User: Jmcstrav. Saison Dupont. Image. Dupont Brewery. Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia, 1 Oct. 2007. Web. 17 July 2010.
Update 8/6: Racked to secondary, current gravity is 1.006 and its tasting mighty fine!
Update 8/16: Kegged! Michelle commented that it tastes very Belgian-y. Excellent! A week ago, I had Avec les bons Vœux de la brasserie Dupont. Damn it was good! So much better than their standard Saison Dupont.
|Avec les bons Vœux de la brasserie Dupont|
So I tested my hydrometers when I got home. Turns out I had four hydrometers at home, two triple scales and two Brewer's Edge (one standard, one bottling). The triple scales both read 1.000 and the Brewer's Edge hydrometers both at 0.999. They checked out for acceptable accuracy.
Kara decided to take this beer and two others in to White Labs for analysis. The results: 8.21% with a Specific Gravity 1.00624. I think that's pretty damn close to my measurements.
Harold suggested to change out the honey and use sugar such as turbinado to really dry it out. I'm thinking the honey really left behind the sweetness. When it comes to using honey, it really doesn't take much to sweeten up a beer. I think I learned my lesson when it comes to using honey in beer. From now on, I'll stick with saving the honey for meads.