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French Saison yeast quirky?
« on: June 13, 2011, 08:19:45 PM »
Hello all, does anyone know if the Wyeast French Saison yeast is quirky like the DuPont strain?  I pitched it yesterday into a 1.055 wort, and it had a steady Krausen for about 10 hours, and then all of the bubbles became big and transparent (like soap bubbles), and now (about 35 hours after pitching), the krausen is gone.  I haven't checked the gravity, I'm trying to relax, but I was wondering if this is typical of this yeast.
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Re: French Saison yeast quirky?
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2011, 09:43:39 PM »
It is usually a very reliable workhorse yeast, especially compared to the DuPont strain. Its possible with that low of a starting gravity that you've already completed the majority of your attenuation.

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Re: French Saison yeast quirky?
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2011, 05:29:39 AM »
As was said above, its a total work horse. Finishes very dry with out nary a hitch.
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Re: French Saison yeast quirky?
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2011, 06:25:35 AM »
The only way to know for sure is to check the gravity.  I used the same strain a couple of months back and it took at 1.064 saison down to 1.002 in about 2 weeks.  As the others have said, it is a workhorse!

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Re: French Saison yeast quirky?
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2011, 06:29:52 AM »
It is a bit quirky in that it likes to wear a beret, grow a pencil thin moustache and smoke Gauloise cigarettes...other than, no.....;)
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Re: French Saison yeast quirky?
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2011, 07:51:13 AM »
It is a bit quirky in that it likes to wear a beret, grow a pencil thin moustache and smoke Gauloise cigarettes...other than, no.....;)

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Re: French Saison yeast quirky?
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2011, 08:30:15 AM »
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Re: French Saison yeast quirky?
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2011, 08:05:28 PM »
That's good news, the big bubbles are gone now and it is actually still truckin' along.  Way to call it guys!
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Re: French Saison yeast quirky?
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2011, 12:20:54 PM »
I brewed a Sasion using the 3711 yeast on the 11th and as of 2 days ago it was down to 1.010 and still showing signs of fermentation. I would expect this one to hit 1.005 or lower.
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Re: French Saison yeast quirky?
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2011, 01:16:52 PM »
I brewed a Sasion using the 3711 yeast on the 11th and as of 2 days ago it was down to 1.010 and still showing signs of fermentation. I would expect this one to hit 1.005 or lower.

I had this one go down to 1.002 from 1.054.  The one thing I don't care for is the slippery mouthfeel as mentioned in the specs for this yeast, but it does ferment like crazy.
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Re: French Saison yeast quirky?
« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2011, 06:38:20 AM »
I brewed a Sasion using the 3711 yeast on the 11th and as of 2 days ago it was down to 1.010 and still showing signs of fermentation. I would expect this one to hit 1.005 or lower.

I had this one go down to 1.002 from 1.054.  The one thing I don't care for is the slippery mouthfeel as mentioned in the specs for this yeast, but it does ferment like crazy.

I had mine finish at 1.005. I tried the hydrometer sample and was surprised at the mouth feel. I think a yeast like this needs a "slippery" mouth feel in order for it to not seem like it's 1.005 or lower. I'll keg it up soon and we'll see how it tastes after a few weeks in there.
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Re: French Saison yeast quirky?
« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2011, 11:39:54 PM »
I don't think the mouthfeel issue is nearly as noticable if you push the beer up to the carbonation that is appropriate for style (effervescent).

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Re: French Saison yeast quirky?
« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2011, 08:14:09 PM »
Agree with all the above.  French Saison does a great job and quickly.  done in a week and a half or less.  I can't tell the difference from the Belgian Saison yeast (though others sometimes say they can--YMMV).  I just don't care for the Belgian saison yeast (dupont) fussiness and tendency to get stuck around 1.035 or whatever, and taking 3 + weeks to get done.  Ain't got the time for that.

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Re: French Saison yeast quirky?
« Reply #13 on: June 27, 2011, 04:19:57 PM »
Mine was pitched Yesterday and is pootin along nicely.
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Re: French Saison yeast quirky?
« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2011, 09:15:48 PM »
And I checked the gravity today and it was a whopping 1.006. Dry and complete...
Not at all floculated out but I have plenty of time.  Hyd. Tube contents tasted fine.
Sorry a little bit out of focus....


I am gonna brew a lighter gravity beer tomorrow and put it on the yeast cake
It will be like a patersbier I hope.

So far this is my favorite Saison Yeast...
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