Marchfest Waimea Saison

Taking part in the Marchfest Brew Zone brewing demonstrations

Taking part in the Marchfest Brew Zone demonstrations

I brewed this at the Marchfest Nelson Beer Festival where I was one of twelve brewers brewing up a batch of beer in the Brew Zone brewing demonstration area. What a great day out that was! I really enjoyed chatting and sharing my knowledge with the people interested in home brewing.

The Waimea hops were assigned to me at random as the theme of this Marchfest was a random hops draw. We had the range of Mangrove Jacks dried yeasts to choose from. I picked M27, a Belgian Ale/Saison yeast strain, since I figured we’d be dealing with warmer temperatures and lacked a temperature controled enviornment for the beer’s first night. So that lead to me trying out the Saison style for the first time. This style ferments out to a very low gravity – some sugar is included in the ingredients to assist with that goal and fermenting temperature is very warm (from high 20s up to 32C).

Style Information

Name: Saison
Recipe Type: All Grain

Grains & Extracts

Name Amount Notes
Pilsner 5.7 kg
Munich II 0.5 kg
Cane Sugar 0.45 kg
Wheat Malt 0.4 kg


Name Amount Alpha Acid % AAU Time Notes
Waimea 0.01 kg 17% 0.17 60
Waimea 0.01 kg 17% 0.17 10
Waimea 0.03 kg 17% 0.51 1
Waimea 0.050 kg 17% 0.85 0


Name Type Use Amount Time Notes
Koppafloc Fining Boil 0.001 kg 15


Name Amount Notes
Mangrove Jacks M27 - Belgian Ale Yeast 2 packages sprinkled

Mash Steps

Name Step Type Step Time Temperature
Saccharification Rest Infusion 90 64 C


Amount: 26.45 liters
Water Description:
Time: 90 minutes
Target Batch Size: 23 liters


Estimated OG: 1.068
Estimated FG: 1.005
Estimated ABV: 8.28%
Actual OG: 1.065
Actual FG: 1.002
Actual ABV: 8.27%
Bitterness: 30 IBU

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