In this episode, with the oppressive Texas heat already pushing summer in hard on all of us, we decided to return to our thoughts on brewing for the summer with a specific focus on chilling. Plus, we talk about brewing one of the best summer styles, the Belgian Saison.

 

We know quite a few people who stop brewing because of the heat and we definitely know it can take a lot out of you. But some stop brewing because they have a hard time getting their beer down to a colder initial pitching temperature. That's something we wanted to discuss about summer brewing because most of us who want to keep brewing have figured out how to work around the high ground water temperatures the often limit our ability to chill our wort.

 

For reference information on the style discussion, the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines references the saison style we discuss as follows from the BJCP website:  

"Saison (25B)

Most commonly, a pale, refreshing, highly-attenuated, moderately-bitter, moderate-strength Belgian ale with a very dry finish. Typically highly carbonated, and using non-barley cereal grains and optional spices for complexity, as complements the expressive yeast character that is fruity, spicy, and not overly phenolic. Less common variations include both lower-alcohol and higher-alcohol products, as well as darker versions with additional malt character."

 

So be sure to keep the general character of the style in mind and pick up a few packs of different Belgian (and French) yeasts to try so you can find that character you are looking for!

 

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