Bottled a Rustic (3726) saison finished with Lemon Drop hops today. Decided to get back to bottle conditioning all my Belgians and have the carb level fine tuned for the style, rather than compromising the carb level with the other beers on tap. Got it down to 1.004 which is in the 1.004-1.002 FG window I like for saison, and the sample was stellar. Can't wait!
Cool! What fermentation profile did you go with on that one?
How about your hopping schedule with those Lemon Drops? I have yet to use those and am curious how strong they come across in the finish.
Rob, I've been experimenting with temp profiles on Rustic/3726 and they've all come out good (and different) so far. For this one, I held 68F for around 2.5 days then ramped up to 74F after. I gave it 3 weeks all together, to eat the last point or two, especially since I went with bottle conditioing. The sample was earthy, peppery, with fruity esters too. Little to no fusels to age out. I love this profile so far, we'll see when it carbs up.
For the hop schedule, I actually bittered with 29.6 IBU Mittelfrueh for 60 (1.055 OG), and used 2 oz Lemon Drop in a 15 minute whirlpool/stand. The Lemon Drop aren't overly assertive like Simcoe or Citra - I see them more as an APA type hop, maybe the intensity of Cascade at most. I'm not a big fan of overly hoppy saisons and this one definitely isn't. It's a nice accent without making the beer seem 'hoppy'.