Brewing Grisette and Saison: Insight from Historical Records and Modern Producers

  • Speaker: David Janssen
  • Track: Historical
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

This presentation will look at historical information, focusing on the industrial revolution to modern times, to better understand the history of grisettes (a historical beer style which disappeared in the mid-1900s) and saisons. We will discuss historical production methods, characteristics of historical versions, similarities and differences between these two beers, and how they changed over time. In addition, common practices among modern day commercial brewers will be highlighted to help brewers identify recipe trends and processes that are frequently used to produce these styles, and to choose the best processes and ingredients for them, their desired beers, and their systems to make different beers within the saison/grisette family.

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