Monday, August 15, 2016

Saison Comparison - Kegging

I blogged about the brew day for this comparison last week here. Both beers fermented in my brew room (in the barn) at 85F for 3 days and were at the same FG of 1.002 at the end of day 3. On day 4 I place both beers in my fermentation chamber and crashed them at 30F then added gelatin the next day. On day 6 I decided to have a taste and keg the beers.

Left: Belle Saiso, Right: WLP568
The beers are nearly identical in color but differ in taste. The Belle Saison's esters and phenolics are muted and it has a slight fusel alcohol taste at the end. The White Labs WLP568 fermented side by side with the Belle and doesn't have any of those characteristics. The esters and phenols are bright and mingle well with the orange peel and coriander flavors. 

Since I'm not thrilled with the Belle Saison, and don't want to serve it to people the way it is I've decided to keg 568 for drinking now and naturally carbonate the Belle in the keg with Brett Brux as I originally intended for one of these strains. I don't know if that will improve the beer but I won't know if I don't try.

I'll post tasting notes on both beers as they become ready to drink.

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