Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Dark Saison with figs, pumpkin and spices

Brewed this on 10/10/2012.  This a dark farmhouse ale that I came up with when I couldn't decide whether I should brew a saison or a pumpkin stout.  I added two cans of pumpkin to the mash.  At the end of the boil, I added 1/4 tsp of nutmeg and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon (this is plenty) and 1/2 oz dried Lemon Verbena.  I also caramelized some Turkish figs and Thompson raisins in Port wine until it turned into a thick syrup.  Judging by the taste of the wort, this beer may benefit from cocoa powder in secondary.

Had a big scare over the final gravity.  My first reading had the wort at 1.040, rather than the 1.069 that I was expecting.  I freaked out, but then realized that some water had gotten into my sample jar.  I was relieved to know that I got around 65% efficiency, and not 35%.

Fermenting this with the 3711 French Saison yeast. It should turn out really nice and will be ready just in time for the holidays.

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