Larry’s Berries Saison: A Tale of Two Fruits

I made 10 gallons of excellent fruit beer; 5 gallons of all raspberry saison and 5 gallons of mixed berry (raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry) saison.

Brewed on the Spike Solo and fermented in a variety of fermenters (multiple carboys, a Fermentasaurus, and a FermZilla) including some pressure fermentation and closed system racking, the resulting fruit ale was spectacular! Recipe is below.

WARNING: I forgot to mention an important tip for making fruit beers. DO NOT throw the fruit directly into the fermenter as shown in this video unless you have a way to separate the fruit from the beer well enough to not clog your tubing and disconnects!
I know what I’m talking about here. I learned that lesson the hard way.

Larry’s Berries Full Recipe:
Excel: https://beernbbqbylarry.com/BNBFiles/Larrys_Berries_Saison.xlsx
PDF: https://beernbbqbylarry.com/BNBFiles/Larrys_Berries_Saison.pdf

Recipe Summary:
Grains:
12 lb Pale Malt: Brewers Malt, 2-row (Briess)
4 lb Pilsner Malt: Premium Pilsener Malt (Rahr)
2 lb Wheat Malt: Wheat Malt, Red (Briess)
1 lb Vienna Malt: Goldpils® Vienna Malt (Briess)

Hops:
7.2 AAU Cluster hops @ 60 minutes
3.2 AAU Hallertauer Mittelfrüh @ 5 minutes

Yeast:
1 packet Lallemand Belle Saison

Other Ingredients:
8 mL Lactic Acid
2 Whirlfloc Tablets
7.5 lb Frozen Raspberries, Blackberries, and Blueberries

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4 comments

  1. I just brewed a half batch of this recipe (I only have 5 gallon capacity atm) and it hit pretty much smack on all of the provided numbers. Only change I made was the addition of some of this year’s leftover local farm grown strawberries. Very excited to see how it finishes up. Its my first fruit beer and my first saison style beer.
    I have been an interested follower of Beer-N-BBQ by Larry for several years now. Its so awesome for me to finally be able to homebrew myself (thanks to covid work at home mandate) and to brew more interesting beer styles than what I would have ever bought in the past. CHEERS 🍻

  2. Update: this batch is kegged and the first test pour has been consumed (rapidly). It finished a little high in gravity, (1.015) so next time I brew this, I will do a yeast starter to see if that helps. It’s got alot of fresh juicy berry on the nose, light in body, with a lemonade like soft tartness at the finish. Would fit perfectly in a summer lineup of brew’s, but any season is beer season! Incredibly delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

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