Time for more experimentation at the Micro Pig Brewery, and this week we’re making a Dark Saison with roasted rose hips and grains of paradise.
You might ask, where do you find roasted rose hips? Honestly I had no idea they existed until we passed a very old Russian store a couple of weekends ago. They’re dried, hard and raisiny, so I thought hey, why not throw these in a dark saison? I’m sure they’re edible, right?
After mashing at 152F with a lot of Munich, Vienna and dark invert sugar (golden syrup and some blended molasses if I’m honest) the piglets boil the wort for 90 mins with Cluster hops. Then at flame out Legolas (the two legged piglet) throws in an ounce and a quarter of rose hips and a teaspoon of grains of paradise. Transferring to carboy after fermentation you can see that this wort has a great darker colour.
With temps in this Brooklyn apartment reaching 90F this week and using a blend of Belgian and Belle saison yeasts, I have high hopes for this beer.
Perfect Piglet definitely agrees and is dying for a taste.