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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