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Blueberry PA / Saison – I’ve never used fruit in a beer so the NCB/Saltaire Competition on the 12th April is as good of an excuse as any… (Don’t forget Entries close on the 31st March so get your entry emails into Shane competitions@northerncraftbrewers.co.uk as there is still plenty of time to brew).
I’m going to stew up the Blueberries in a pan to kill any wild yeasts or nasties and add them during fermentation, I’m splitting the wort into two FVs and using good old us-05 in one and Belle Saison yeast in the other, I’ll enter whichever beer turns out the best.
The malts in the recipe are a bit of a mish-mash but the hopping is straight Mosaic, for its Blueberry notes, and I may pellet Dry-Hop one or both of these.

Fermentables:
Pale Malt – 70.3%
Flaked Wheat – 10.6%
Caragold – 7.7%
Wheat Malt – 6.7%
Crystal Rye Malt – 4.6%

Hops:
Mosaic – 11.8 % @ 60 mins – 20g
Mosaic – 11.8 % @ 0 mins – 40g (Flameout steep for 25mins)

Dry Hops & Fruit:
Blueberries – a Punnet or two split between the FVs
Mosaic Pellet – 50g (25g per FV)

Final Volume: 25 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.056
Final Gravity: 1.014
Alcohol Content: 5.4% ABV
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 21 EBU (I’m keeping the bitterness low to balance any acidity from the fruit and work with the dryness of the Saison yeast)
Colour: 19 EBC
Mash: 90mins @ 66c
Boil: 60mins

The malts all blended together:
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Mosaic Hops smelling good:
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Flameout hops:
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1060.5 going for 1056:
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400g per 12.5 litres Frozen Blueberries:
AG#116 - Blueberry PA / Saison, frozen at the moment.
Microwaved and Mushed up (Added 18th Mar ’14):
AG#116 - Blueberry PA / Saison, microwaved and crushed

*20th Mar ’14 – Gravities: Belle Saison at 1011.5 vs US-05 at 1017.5, the Saison is up at a higher temp to the us-05 just a subtle pink hue to the beer from the Blueberries, think I need more!

*22nd Mar ’14 – Dry Hopped with 25g Mosaic per FV:
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Just pass me a spoon and some whipped cream 🙂

*Bottled 29th Mar ’14 – Primed with 37g sugar in the PA and 55g in the Saison

Farmhouse Rye Noir – Time for something a bit more funky after my last two brews, a Rye Black IPA with the NBS/Belle Saison yeast. I’m doing a 90min mash at 65c and will dry hop with 100g Galaxy pellets for a few days once finished fermenting. This recipe also uses up some bags of Special B, Extra Dark Crystal & CaraMunich III.
I’ve reduced the IBUs as I’m lead to believe this yeast can finish as low as 1002, thanks to @Kempicus & @ColinStronge, @MelissaCole & @100yojimbo. I also upped the Galaxy from 50g to 100g, with the warm/hot ferment I dare say a few volatiles will be gassed off.

Fermentables:
Pale Malt – 74.8%
Rye Malt – 14.4%
Special B – 5.6%
Carafa Special III (Weyermann) – 2.2%
Crystal Malt, ExtraDark – 1.5%
Cara Munich III (Weyermann) – 1.5%

Hops:
Topaz Whole – 17.2 % @ 60 mins – 10g (FWH)
Topaz Whole – 17.2 % @ 10 mins – 50g
Galaxy Whole – 15.0 % @ 0 mins – 100g
Galaxy Pellet – 12.5 % @ 0 mins – 100g (Dry Hop in FV)

Final Volume: 25 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.062
Final Gravity: 1.016
Alcohol Content: 6% ABV
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 44 EBU (16EBU ignoring the 10mins Topaz)
Colour: 125 EBC
Mash: 65c for 90mins

The Mash:
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Recirculating the first runnings:
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Second sparge running in:
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The Topaz hops and a protafloc tablet, the Topaz smell rather fuggley:
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The dry Saison yeast being rehydrated in boiled and cooled water:
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The copper draining to the FV:
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The wort had a good look to it as the break material settled with a nice sheen of hop oil from the Galaxy, fingers crossed the beer will be a good one too.

*28th Aug ’13 – Gravity at 1016.5 and temp at 25°c, in the fridge now set to warm to 28°c.

*29th Aug ’13 – Gravity at 1007 @30°c it looks to have finished fermenting, I have added 100g of Galaxy pellets and will give it a rouse tomorrow.

*5th Sep ’13 – I was supposed to bottle this today, oh well… its tasting better now 🙂

*Bottled 7th Sep ’13 – with 122g white sugar

*25th Sep ’13 – Tasting this again, the sort of nuttiness that it had has gone and it tastes alright, I can’t distinguish any one part but its crisp and pretty light & refreshing.

*BTW…. This turned out to be 7.2% ABV 😉 Having a bottle now, its mostly yeast character and the dry hopping feels to have been a bit wasted, not that I’m too bothered as it drinks well.


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