Saison Du Miel

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In the early 20th century throughout most of the French-speaking region of Belgium, farmers would drink what is known as “farmhouse” beers. These beers were generally low-alcohol and intended to be served to workers during their workday. Historically, saisons weren’t a single style, but rather a group of refreshing ales with each farmer having his own distinctive version. While in those times, saisons were meant to be refreshing session-style beers, nowadays most saisons range from 6-8% abv. Mr. Beer is bringing back the old times with our Saison Du Miel. This saison has lower alcohol than the typical modern version of the style, and is highly quaffable and very refreshing. The addition of honey gives this beer its characteristic dryness, while the sterling hops compliment the spicy, peppery profile of the Belle Saison yeast. It can be brewed at higher temperatures than normal, making this the perfect summer beer.

RECIPE INCLUDES:

  • 1 Can American Ale
  • 1 Packet Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of HME. You won’t be using this.)
  • 1 Packet Belle Saison Yeast
  • 1 BrewMax LME Softpack - Golden
  • 1 ½ Packet Sterling Hops
  • 1 Muslin Hop Sack
  • 1 Packet No-Rinse Cleanser

YOU PROVIDE:

  • 1 cup Honey

Additional Information


OG: 1.052 (approx.) -- FG: 1.008 (approx.)

Flavor: Balanced

ABV (alc/vol): 5.1 %

SRM (Color): 3

IBU (Bitterness): 20

Ferme­ntation

Carbo­nation

Bottle Condi­tioning

Total Brew­ing Time

3 Weeks 3 Weeks 1 - 2 Months = 3 - 4 Months

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Saison Du Miel Instructions

RECIPE INCLUDES:

  • 1 Can American Ale
  • 1 Packet Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of HME. You won’t be using this.)
  • 1 Packet Belle Saison Yeast
  • 1 BrewMax LME Softpack - Golden
  • 1 ½ Packet Sterling Hops
  • 1 Muslin Hop Sack
  • 1 Packet No-Rinse Cleanser

YOU PROVIDE:

  • 1 cup Honey

Additional Information


OG: 1.052 (approx.) -- FG: 1.008 (approx.)

Flavor: Balanced

ABV (alc/vol): 5.1 %

SRM (Color): 3

IBU (Bitterness): 20

 

Ferme­ntation

Carbo­nation

Bottle Condi­tioning

Total Brew­ing Time

3 Weeks 3 Weeks 1 - 2 Months = 3 - 4 Months

STEP 1: SANITIZING

Follow the steps outlined in your Mr. Beer Kit Instructions. (You can find a copy of these instructions to download by visiting our help desk.)

NOTE: BE SURE TO SANITIZE EVERYTHING THAT WILL COME INTO CONTACT WITH YOUR BEER. 

STEP 2: BREWING

Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case, a malt brewing extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation.

  1. Remove the yeast packet from under the lid of the can of hopped malt extract (HME), you will not be using it for this recipe, then place the unopened can in hot tap water.
  2. Place the pellet hops into the hop sack tying it closed, then trim away excess material.
  3. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot, bring to a boil, then remove from heat.
  4. Add LME and hop sack, return to heat and boil for 5 minutes, then remove from heat again and add honey.
  5. Open the can of HME, pour it into the mixture. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort.
  6. Fill keg with cold tap water to the 4-quart mark on the back.
  7. Pour the wort, including the hop sack, into the keg, and then bring the volume of the keg to the 8.5-quart mark by adding more cold water. You'll leave the hop sack in the wort for the duration of fermentation. Stir vigorously with the spoon or whisk. 
  8. Sprinkle the Belle Saison yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.
  9. Put your keg in a location with a consistent temperature between 68°and 86° F (20°-30° C) and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 14 days.
  10. After approximately 24 hours, you will be able to see the fermentation process happening by shining a flashlight into the keg. You'll see the yeast in action in the wort. The liquid will be opaque and milky, you will see bubbles rising in the liquid, and there will be bubbles on the surface.


Your fermentation will usually reach its peak in 2 to 5 days (this is also known as “high krausen”). You may see a layer of foam on top of the wort, and sediment will accumulate at the bottom of the fermenter. This is totally normal. Complete fermentation will take approximately 2 weeks.
After high krausen the foam and activity will subside and your batch will appear to be dormant. Your beer is still fermenting. The yeast is still at work slowly finishing the fermentation process. 

Step 3: BOTTLING AND CARBONATING

Follow the steps outlined in your Mr. Beer Kit Instructions. (You can find a copy of these instructions to download by visiting our help desk.)

Flavor Profile

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Alcohol by volume: 5.1%
SRM (color): 3
IBU (Bitterness): 20
Saison Du Miel is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Smooth and Flavorful! Very easy to brew and I was truly surprised at the taste! Definitely going to make again!
Date published: 2016-03-28
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