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Recipe – Spelt Saison

16/07/2015

The new electric kettle arrived quickly so I was able to brew my first patch of beer in my new home yesterday. The new kettle is a bit more quicker to heat the wort to boil and a bit more vigorous so I had to add some water after the boil to get to the desired OG.  After i get some experience with the new setup I’ll change the evaporation rate in beersmith but other than that everything went smoothly. Brewing in the bathroom is much more convenient and you don’t have to worry about spilling or over-boiling as much.

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For my first beer I wanted to brew something that would be simple to brew and would be refreshing in the case we happen to get a warm summer day over here. So, I decided to brew a low-abv Saison and keep the IBU on the low side so that both of us can enjoy it. In my experience, keeping the IBU’s within a moderate range in a Saison doesn’t result in a sweet beer since a Saison yeast typically leaves the beer very dry. To get the desired 10-15 IBU’s a 15 minute addition of East Kent Goldings was scheduled with another addition at flame-out for some hop-aroma. The malt bill is also simple with a base of Pilsner malt together with a dash of flaked Spelt which I have used before. The yeast is a new one for me, M27 Belgian Ale by Mangrove Jack. Judging by the high attenuation and recommended temperature range (26-32 degrees C (79-90 degrees F)!) it’s a true Saison strain rather than a “normal” Belgian Ale strain.

Nothing much more to it, less is often more when it comes to beer. This one took right of and is happily bubbling away in ambient 26C(77F).

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Recipe :

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Target Batch Size (Litres/Gallons): 17.00 / 4,49
Total Grain (Kg/Pounds): 2,5 / 5,5
Anticipated OG: 1.037
Anticipated SRM: 2,4
Anticipated IBU: 12,3
Wort Boil Time: 90 Minutes

Fermentables
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80%  2,0kg / 4,4  lbs  – Bohemian floor malted Pilsner malt, Weyermann
20%  0,5kg / 1,1 lbs  –   Flaked Spelt

Hops
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30,0g / 1,05 oz. East Kent Goldings (Pellet 5.0% AA) 15 minutes for 12,3 IBU
30,0g / 1,05 oz. East Kent Goldings (Pellet 5.0% AA) @ Flame-Out

Extras
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½ Tablet of Whirlfloc @ 10 Min.
½ Teaspoon of yeast nutrient @ 10 Min.
2g / 0,07 oz Gypsum in mash

Yeast
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Mangrove Jack’s M27 Belgian Ale, 1 packet re-hydrated

Mash
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22,5 Litre BIAB @ 65 Celsius for 60 mins (5,9Gal/149F)

16/7/15 I insulated the better bottle with a sleeping bag to raise the temperature a bit – some sources state that the M27 works better in the upper recommended range.

21/7/15 Bubbling away about once in a minute, Temperature at 26C

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