It’s a real thing! Well it is if enough people use it. And I think it has been used enough in the past couple years to warrant its own name. Florida Weisse. A Berliner Weisse style beer made in Florida with fruit added. This will be attempt number one, on my part at least. I’ve had a few and I really think they do the summer heat a great justice. Tart, tangy, fruity…like a flavored lemonade.
For this first attempt I just went simple. A single infusion, no-boil, with just Wyeast 3191. If this doesn’t get as tart as I like I’ll employ some other methods, mainly this one. I like the way his sounds, and it seems easy enough to employ with minimal fuss. If it’s still not tart enough I’ll give this one a go. I’m bound to get as tart as I want eventually. Hopefully.
I decided to bump this one up to a ten gallon batch. I wanted to go a full barrel, but I didn’t have time to make a starter, and I’m running out of fermenters. Sours really do take up a lot of space. For a long time. I wanted extra to fruit various ways, but without the space I figure I could split the batch up into gallon jars and fruit each gallon.
Plus I wanted at least a little bit to add my wild blackberry yeast to. The starter was beginning to smell like a regular beer with no funk. I might have to let it go for a while to see if any funk made it in. I’m hoping some did, but it might just be an acetic note that is reminding me of funk. I will definitely sample before bulk aging it. Who knows? I might have gotten a clean Sacch yeast for farmhouse beers – to now be known as Florida Saison ™.
I’ll update with some tasting notes in a couple/few weeks. After it’s done fermenting. Before and after I add fruit. Again, I’m shooting for tart. If it isn’t up to snuff I’ll just let it sit for a while, letting the Brett that is supposedly in the mix finish it out. Then I’ll add the fruit to it.
Not sure what I’ll do with the Florida Saison ™ though. I might just use this batch as a test bed/propagation batch for a more true-to-style Saison recipe. I don’t think the low ABV will be enough to test this yeast out with. I also don’t think the malt bill makes this one that will be full of body. I like my Saisons dry, but this one might thin out a bit too much. We’ll see soon. I hope.
A couple pictures. Super clear wort at the beginning of runoff. It did cloud up coming through the chiller though. The following picture has the Florida Weisse on the left and the wild yeast experiment on the right.