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A Guide to Saisons and Saison Yeasts

Is there any style nearly as driven by yeast as the Saison? I'd argue no, so it's important to know your options! Here's my run down of Saison strains that I've tried or seen reported (and am tracking to make sure I try)


TL;DR: Yeast is Important, Saisons need yeast, Drew has a way to ferment them - Just take me to the yeast (Also, if you have any notes, you'd like to add - just leave a comment below or hit Drew up at drew@maltosefalcons.com)

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Settling Yeast for Decanting

So you've listened to all the advice from your fellow brewers about making a yeast starter.

Heck, you've made a great starter. You've swirled and mixed this starter everytime you laid eyes on it. Maybe you went on Ebay, Labx or Cynamr and found yourself a stir plate so you could have even better growth (A 4-10 fold increase interests you doesn't it? Makes $20-40 spent seem well worth it).

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Making a Starter from A Bottle Conditioned Beer (Technique from "Bad" Tom Hamilton

 At some point for every brewer, you taste a beer that you want to clone or capture it's distinct yeast character. But if you're like a lot of us, you're long on desire, short on time and decidely short on the equipment and practiced techniques need to streak plates and capture single colonies of pure yeast. This shouldn't stop a homebrewer from practicing "Bad" Tom Hamilton's technique of bottle starter generation. After all, you were intrepid enough to make your own beer!

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The Starter Made Easy (Pressure Cooking Your Starter Wort Ahead Of Time)

 We all know that starters are one of the big keys to making top-notch beer, but it's a pain. You have to make the starter wort when you need it, wait for it to cool, worry about sanitation and then pitch it. That smells a lot like planning, something home brewers generally try to avoid!

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Yeast Propagation and Maintenance: Principles and Practices

MB Raines, our widely published yeast expert graciously lent us her expertise in this guide to everything you need to make yourself a yeast rancher and a grower of happy yeasts.

Yeast is that wonderful microbe which converts sweet wort into an enjoyable alcoholic beverage.  In addition to converting sugar to alcohol, yeast can also influence the taste, flavor, bouquet, and even the color of beer.  They do this by secreting a variety of compounds at very low levels.  Different yeast strains produce different levels of these compounds and therefore impart their own subtle characteristics to the wort in which they are pitched.  Although ye

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