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Laura's Summer Ale

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Laura's Summer Ale

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Beer Style: Saison  (16C)
Recipe Type: partial mash
Yield: 5 US gallons



This is inspired by the flavors of Sam Adams Summer Ale (wheat, orange, coriander) but with the addition of a Saison yeast. It is one of my favorite beers so far. It is a beautiful golden hue. It is nicely balanced with good hop and wheat flavor and a nice funky saison finish. There is no need for a secondary fermentation which makes this a relatively quick beer from start to finish.


  • 4.0 oz Amber Malt
  • 4.0 oz Caramel Wheat Malt
  • 3.15 lbs Pilsner Liquid Malt Extract
  • 3.15 lbs Wheat Liquid Extract
  • 1 lbs Extra Light Dry Extract
  • 1 oz Hallertauer Hops (60 mins)
  • 1.5 oz Hallertauer Hops (15 mins)
  • 0.5 oz Saaz Hops (5 mins)
  • 0.5 oz Saphir Hops (5 mins)
  • 1 oz Sweet Orange Peel (5 mins)
  • 1 package French Saison yeast (Wyeast 3711)
  • 5 oz corn sugar (for priming)

Additional Instructions

Boil: 60 Minutes
Primary Ferment: 7-10 Days

Beer Profile

Original Gravity: 1.050
Final Gravity: 1.005
Alcohol by Vol: 5.9%
Recipe Type: partial mash
Yield: 5.00 US Gallons

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Heat water to 150 degrees. Steep Amber and Caramel wheat malt for 20 minutes holding the temperature between 150 and 160 degrees F.

After removing grains add in all of the dry and liquid malt extract. Keep heat low or remove heat to avoid scorching while adding in the extract.

Heat mixture to a boil. When a boil is reached set a timer for 60 minutes and add hops as indicated in the ingredients.

Cool mixture in an ice bath or with an immersion chiller.

Aerate wort (sloshing and mixing for a few minutes).

Add yeast.

Allow to ferment for 7-10 days. Look for active signs of fermentation to be completely stopped and gravity is around 1.005-1.008




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 Reviewed by Mike on Wed Jul 1 2015

I just read thru this recipe and don't understand why nobody has rated it yet. I haven't brewed it yet but after reading it, it looks like it will be an incredible recipe! Can't wait to taste it.

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 Reviewed by Laura on Wed Jul 1 2015

Thanks! I just bought ingredients to make this again. I'm going to try it with a dry Saison yeast from Danstar (Belle Saison). It is a really yummy refreshing summer beer. I was sad when I drank my last few recently.

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 Reviewed by Laura on Wed Jul 1 2015

The batch I made using the above recipe doesn't have coriander but I'm going to try using 0.5 oz in the next batch.