Homebrew FAQ & Saison recipe

Guten tag,

I am a brewer. Yes, I make my own beer. I will now answer the most common questions I hear about the great hobby.

Is the beer good?

Yes, the beer is good and you should try it because what you probably normally buy has no body or hops and is made with mostly rice and corn because they are cheap.

How much beer do you make?

5 gallons at a time.

How long does it take?

It ferments in a food-grade sanitized plastic bucket for 2 weeks or so, where it converts the malt sugars into alcohol, then it spends 2 to 3 weeks in bottles with a little extra added sugar where it becomes carbonated.

How do you get the caps on?

My homebrew kit came with a small hand-held capping press.

What kind of beers do you make?

I make ales (as opposed to lagers) because they are ready quicker and turn out better if you can only ferment at room temperature. The type of brewing I do is called extract brewing, because some of the base malt is already processed into a condensed syrup (as opposed to all-grain brewing which is brewing from scratch). Here’s what a recipe looks like..   it’s for a Saison which is a Belgian-style ale:

Saison

A ProMash Recipe Report

Recipe Specifics

—————-

Batch Size (Gal):         5.00    Wort Size (Gal):    5.00

Total Extract (Lbs):      9.00

Anticipated OG:          1.070    Plato:             16.98

Anticipated SRM:           5.3

Anticipated IBU:          26.8

Wort Boil Time:             60    Minutes

Grain/Extract/Sugar

%     Amount     Name                          Origin        Potential SRM

—————————————————————————–

66.7     6.00 lbs. Briess LME- Gold              America        1.035      4

11.1     1.00 lbs. Briess DME- Weizen            America        1.046      8

22.2     2.00 lbs. Cane Sugar                    Generic        1.046      0

Hops

Amount    Name                               Form    Alpha  IBU  Boil Time

—————————————————————————–

1.00 oz.    Hallertauer                       Pellet   5.70  25.6  60 min.

0.25 oz.    Hallertauer                       Pellet   5.70   1.3  10 min.

Extras

Amount      Name                           Type      Time

————————————————————————–

0.00 Oz     Coriander Seed              Spice      5 Min.(boil)

0.00 Oz     Ginger Root                    Spice      5 Min.(boil)

Yeast

—–

WYeast 3787 Trappist High Gravity

Notes

—–

In primary for 3 weeks @ 84 degrees. Primed w/ 5oz corn sugar.

How long have you been homebrewing?

I first bought a kit and brewed a batch about 5 yrs ago, but became more serious about around 2 yrs ago. I just entered my first competition. Yes there are frequently competitions in most states.. the judges all go through a certification process. Here is what a homebrew scoresheet looks like..

Thanks for reading. You should try homebrewing sometime, or at least start trying new craft/microbrews; you might like them.

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~ by cwylie0 on 11/23/2008.

One Response to “Homebrew FAQ & Saison recipe”

  1. Glad to hear that you enjoyed our competition. You got two really good judges there.

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