Hops for a saison

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by Jefeipa, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. Jefeipa

    Jefeipa May 6, 2009 Arizona

    I'm brewing a low ABV wheat saison, I want to brew more of a classic saison but with a 50%wheat/40% pilsner. I'm looking to use noble hops for flavor/aroma and I don't brew with them much. Which one goes with the style the best? I'm not sure which yeast I'm going to use 3711 or 3724.
     
  2. scurvy311

    scurvy311 Dec 3, 2005 Louisiana

    The BJCP style guidelines say, "Noble hops, Styrian or East Kent Goldings are commonly used..." I would also add New Zealand Hallertau. They are a bit fruitier which complements the Saison yeast esters. Dry hopping with a conservative amount of Citra helps also reinforce the tart/citrus/fruity esters from the yeast.

    I've used both yeast and like them both. I've been on a 3711 kick for a while with no end in sight.
     
  3. Jefeipa

    Jefeipa May 6, 2009 Arizona

    I used 3711 a few times and liked it. I never used 3724 I want to try it but don't want it to stall. Will it finish quicker with the OG around 1.041?
     
  4. jbakajust1

    jbakajust1 Aug 25, 2009 Oregon
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    3724 can be touchy. I did 2 Saisons with it at once in my garage during July @ around 75° ambient and they both finished out in 4 weeks. I just did another one that is 6 weeks in and had stalled @ 1.024, now down to 1.007. All started around 1.052 OG, 1.005 FG. Just be patient and use 3724. Can you wait a year for a sour, 3 months for a Pils, 6 months for an Imperial Stout? You can wait 4-6 weeksfor a great Saison. I did 10 gallons (bitter to 20 IBUs w/ whatever you like) with 1oz each Liberty and Saaz @ 20 and FO plus .7oz Santiam and .5oz Sterling @ FO. Also did a Saison w/ 3726 w/ .4oz Nugget @ 40, .6oz Styrian Bobek @25, .4 Bobek & .5oz each Saphir and Hallertau Mittelfruh @ FO, came out really good.
     
  5. MrOH

    MrOH Jul 5, 2010 Maryland

    Saisons are pretty forgiving when it comes to hops. I've used them all, English, C-Hops, noble, NZ, and they've all been great. If the hops are a bit too strong at first, let it sit for a bit to calm down.
     
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