For quite awhile, I've known I wanted to brew a summer Saison. Last summer, i thought the article Billy Brew's Summer Saison was going to be the thing that pushed me to do it. I never got around to a summer Saison last year. I did brew my Arctic Vortex Winter (black) Saison, but never got around to a more tradional Saison.
Until Sunday. Sunday I brewed Hail Storm Summer Saison.
The brew day went pretty well. I started pretty late for me, and let the mash go through church. My preboil gravity was low enough that I had to add some DME to bring it up.
The boil went as planned. I added in an ounce of hops with 5 minutes left in the boil and then another 2 hours in after the boil was done in a 25 minute "whirlpool". This "whirlpool" period is basically just turning off the flame, but not chilling. This steeping of the 2 ounces of hops should make for a very hoppy beer.
The immersion chiller got the wort down to about 70. Then I racked into the carboy and put that into an ice bath in the gott cooler. I left it in there long enough to get the wort to around 60 degrees.
I pitched the yeast at this cold temperature. I hope this doesn't cause fermentation problems. We'll see.
I am looking forward to drinking this beer in a few weeks. I'll let you know how it goes.