BIAB First Run Saison

Over 2 years after moving east, finally moving back up to 5 gallon batches.  1 gallon batches served their purpose, but being strategic about sharing wasn’t cutting it.  In researching the new set-up I spoke to some of my favorite local homebrewers and was surprised to learn that they were BIAB.  The financials for it are obviously compelling as well.  A new kettle, wort chiller, burner and primary fermenter and custom bag were put to use for the maiden brew, a saison.  For a new set-up, equipment and process, brew day went pretty smoothly.  Didn’t quite hit my numbers, but still within style guidelines.  Next go round, I will mash out at 170 for 10 min.

Grain Bill:

5.0 lbs 2-Row Maltbrewkettle

5.0 lbs Belgian Pilsner Malt

2.0 lbs Wheat Malt

0.5 lbs Carawheat

Mash Temp: 154 for 90 min

Mash water volume: 8 gal

Hop schedule:

60 min: 0.75 oz Falconer’s 11.4% AA

10 min: .5 oz Columbus 12% AA

0 min:  .5 oz Simcoe 14% AA

Yeast:  White Labs Belgian Saison Blend

O.G. 1.058

Batch size going into Primary 5.5


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