Searching for the line between "hobby" and "obsession"

SaiSon of a bitch (SOB) 2.1

I recently whipped up another batch of S.O.B., as my neighborhood drank most of the first at our National Night Out block party in August. There were only minor changes made from the first batch. More table sugar to further promote a dry finish and some alcohol heft, an ounce more caramunich and some year-old homegrown Cascade hops as part of the bittering addition (as opposed to the year-old homegrown Hallertau hops I used at this step in the first version).

Man, I love WLP566 Belgian Saison II. The attenuation level is quite high and it begins working very soon (two hours?) after pitch. I left this one in primary for 12 days but almost all of the fermentation activity was done within seven. Enjoyed the first pint 19 days after brew day, which was a bit longer than the fist batch (16 days) but that was intentional, as I had more time to leave this one in primary to ensure it fermented as dry as possible.

This might be my most favorite beer I’ve made. I love the style, love the yeast, love how it turned out (twice in a row!). Yes, Saison is my favorite summer beer by far. Here’s the recipe:

Saison of a bitch 2.0

6 gallons
All Grain
1.057OG→1.008~FG→6.3%ABV 35 IBU 5.8°L SRM
Yeasts
40.58 ounces
WLP566 – Belgian Saison II Ale
White Labs (Ale)
1200 ml
Fermentables
13.26 pounds
Pilsen
35ppg, 2°L
10.5 pounds
78.1%
Sugar – Cane
41ppg, 0°L
1.4 pounds
7.4%
Munich (Light)
33ppg, 8°L
12 ounces
5.6%
Wheat
35ppg, 3°L
12 ounces
5.6%
Carafoam
32ppg, 2°L
4 ounces
1.9%
CaraMunich
33ppg, 35°L
4 ounces
1.9%
Miscellaneous
0.75 ounces
Coriander
Spice
0.25 ounces
33%
Irish moss
Fining
0.25 ounces
33%
Orange peel (Bitter)
Flavor
0.25 ounces
33%
Batch/Fly
90 minutes, 9.84 gallons
Strike
Target 149°F
4.9 gallons
170°F
90 minutes
Second mash
Target 165°F
4.9 gallons
185°F
25 minutes
Boil
105 minutes, 8 gallons
Cascade hops (homegrown)
4.5%, Leaf
1.5 ounces
60 minutes
Hallertauer hops (D.E.)
4.8%, Pelet
1 ounce
60 minutes
Irish moss
Fining
0.25 ounces
15 minutes
Wort chiller sanitized
Coriander
Spice
0.25 ounces
5 minutes
Orange peel (Bitter)
Flavor
0.25 ounces
5 minutes
Hallertauer Aroma hops (New Zealand)
7%, Pellet
1 ounce
1 minutes

This was an odd brew day. My wife was out of town for work and I wanted to take advantage of that situation, so I put my daughter to bed around 7:00pm and got to work, finishing up after 1:00am. On a Tuesday/Wednesday. Waking up at 6:00am to feed the baby and then going to work the next morning was interesting. Have you ever felt like falling asleep while in the middle of a conversation? While standing? Yep, that nearly happened a few times. That’s how you cram brew days into your schedule while attempting to keep your weekends free and clear I guess. Ugh… Not sure I’ll do that again.

Final gravity of 1.008

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