Also any advice on hops to pair with it? I wanted to brew a hoppy saison with a citrusy character but am thinking that it may clash with the basil. Should I stick with something more noble?
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to me it won't turn out any more complex than and English golden ale 12A
For my own tastes, a 100% base malt APA, no matter what kind of malt, turns out kinda boring. I prefer the depth of flavor from a blend of malts. If you're concerned about crystal hiding too much flavor, try the new Great Western Sacchra malts. Kinda like a cross between crystal and Munich.
My vote was for Golden Promise. I just brewed a SMaSH amber using 100% Golden Promise, some of it being homemade crystal malt made from GP. I wish I could tell you if it was any good, but the keg kicked in record time at my 6-year old's birthday party lol.
I vote Vienna or Golden Promise @ 100%. Either would be excellent.
I brew an APA with about 4oz of hops and consider it hoppy. It's too bad that the extreme has become the standard when it comes to hoppyness. I like IPAs with 12-16oz per 5 gallons just fine, but IPAs with 6-7oz still have their place.
Guess I misread, Chris - so you're wanting to skip the hop stand? Great flavor and little to no bitterness from a 170F hop stand. It'll be good regardless.