Winter. Snow. Arctic cold. Icy roads. Skiing. Snowshoeing. Sledding. Winter Saisons.
Yes ... Winter is time to brew SheppyBrew's Arctic Vortex Winter Saison.
Arctic Vortex was the first of my Seasonal Saisons. I decided to make it a Black Saison because I thought winter is the time when it is darkest longest.
I brewed it Sunday. This is the 4th time I've brewed this beer. For the most part it has stayed pretty much the same. I did include some simple sugars in the malt bill this time to help dry out the beer a little. We'll see what I think when I taste it.
This year, I did go back to WY3711 (aka the Real Super Yeast). The yeast I used last year did work out ok. I just tend to prefer 3711 both in flavor and in performance.
The brew day went exceptionally well. Due to cold weather and snow on my back patio ... I brewed in the garage, which is different than usual.
My mash temperature was a bit low, but I let it go for a few hours while I went to church, so it had plenty of opportunity for conversion. Since I want this beer to finish dry, a low mash temperature is better than a high mash temperature.
My pre-boil gravity and volume was perfect. And, my OG ended up right on plan as well.
Nothing remarkable happened during the boil.
Chilling went nice and quick.
I was able to pitch the yeast right at 60, which is exactly where I like to start my ale fermentations.
So, I'm letting the Super Yeast do its thing. I'm sure it will turn out awesome.
I'll let you know.
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