I need some opinions on what I was about to brew until I entered this recipe into Brewsmith. Unfortunately, I have all of the ingredients, but do not want to be wasting my time. I took this from NB Petite Saison kit directions (Petite Saison D'ete). Now unless D'ete means "we are just fooling with ya", I don't understand it. I had to make some substitutions as recommended by my HBS, but what I have now I cannot even match a style to on Beersmith. It is:
4.5 lbs Belgian Pilsner
2.75 lbs Vienna
.75 lbs Torrified Wheat
1 oz Kent Goldings - 60
.25 oz Styrian Goldings - 10
.25 oz Saaz - 10
.75 oz Styrian Goldings - 2
.75 oz Saaz - 2
White Labs Saison Blend (568)
My first issue was that Beersmith said that this yeast had 20b cells and that I needed 147b. With starter I still only get 63b - something seems screwy. This would mean I should use 3 yeast vials (quite a lot of expense and does not seem right to me).
The next issue is just the readings on the OG, IBU, ABVs. Now, I know I should just brew what I might like, but every style I compare this against has most of the readings in the red area.
As much as I don't want to trash all this stuff, I don't want to use my time and keg space on something that is not very drinkable. Does anyone have an opinion about what this might taste like AND if I really need that much yeast?
PS: One of the comments on the NB site said that this beer, while tasty, was like a cross between a helles and a wit. But I still can't find anything that makes sense.