Raspberry Dream | Raspberry Saison 6%-7%

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This is the third time brewing Raspberry Dream.  The prior batches went over great so third times a charm.  This time around I’m using local farm organic raspberries that I purchased in the summer and froze.  I’m also increasing the raspberries to 10lbs versus 5lbs.  It has been awhile since I brewed as I’ve been focused on getting the canning machine running.

Grain Bill

18lbs 2.8ozs Pilsen 2 Row (Belgian)
1lb 1.4ozs Vienna Malt (Type 1)
1lb 1.4ozs Wheat Malt
8.8ozs Caramunich
7.3ozs Munich Malt (Type 1)
4.5oz 2.8% Styrian Goldings hops @ 45mins
1oz 4.8% East Kent Goldings hops @ 15mins
10lbs raspberries were washed and frozen and thawed and added to fermenter with wort
Mash temp 150F
Sparge temp 160F
400B cell of Wyeast 3411

Inspiration

People have really loved it.

Water

Water adjustment of 5g gypsum and 4g epsom salt to bring the profile to calcium=37, magnesium=15, sodium=38, chloride=39, sulfate=126 (same as what was done for the Plum Saison).

Brewing Notes

Started at about 5:30am.  Not much else to report.  Thinking about adding some honey during fermentation…

Label

I did a label for the first version but I think I will come up with something new.

Angels with A Dark Heart | Oak Aged Imperial Stout 13%

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Third time brewing Angels With A Dark Heart and second time I will barrel age. This time I purchased a 15 gallon bourbon barrel versus 20 gallons and I plan to age the beer up to Christmas. Nick could not get me a barrel this time so I ordered from North East Barrel Company.

Grain Bill

The grain bill was used for each brew.
26lbs Pale 2-Row malt
2lbs Flaked Red Wheat
2lbs Flaked Oats
4lbs Roasted Barley malt
1lb 8ozs Black Patent malt
1lb 8ozs Caramel/Crystal 60L malt
3lb Chocolate malt
2qts maple syrup in bourbon barrel (Second brew 1qt add to barrel)
4ozs Magnum @60mins
10pkgs Safale English Ale yeast #S-04 (Second brew I used 8pkgs)

Inspiration

My inspiration comes from one of the best beers I’ve ever had – Angels with a Filthy Soul from Bissell Brothers.  I’ve only ever had 3 cans of this beer as it is crazy hard to get. 

Brew Notes

Because I need 15 gallons for the barrel I will need to brew twice. First brew day had a slow late start as I had to pick up the grain in the morning and Beer Wine Hobby does not open till 9:00. Let the HLT come up to temp while I went and picked up grain. The second brew day (the following weekend) I started early and let the water come up to temp while having breakfast. Grains went into the mash tun at 8:50.

First batch: Post boil SG was 1.09 against a target of 1.093. I put all the yeast in but did not add the maple syrup until fermentation stopped, which of course got the yeast active again. This is the first time I’ve ever had yeast overflow the blowoff tube. I suspect it was due to being so over pitched.

Second batch: Post boil SG was 1.09 against a target of #.##.

Label