Recipe #20: Dandelion Saison (Batch #2014.10)

A Ph.D. in Beer - A Study of Beer and Fermentation Science

Ever weed your garden and then decide to make a beer? This is my second attempt at a dandelion beer using flowers picked out of my yard. The first was last year using my blend of saison yeasts and Brettanomyces species…it was a big hit but the dandelion character was rather subtle. I added about 2.5 ounces of dandelion to 5 gallons of wort for about 10 minutes then removed them by scooping them out of the boil with a strainer. It was a best guess, the beer turned out to be a little grassy with slight dandelion character. I didn’t have a recipe to go on, even though I have tasted two separate beers that use dandelion. Vera Mae from Hill Farmstead and Fantôme Pissenlit, both beers I like, but they must use much much more dandelion.

This year I wanted to make this beer again but go bigger. There…

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