Secondary: Mango Saison

peeled mangos to go into mango saison

The time has come for Mango Saison to move from primary to secondary. I have been mulling over adding the mangos to this beer for a long time.

The process I settled on:

  1. Freeze the fruit
  2. Remove the fruit from the freezer when ready to use
  3. Let it sit for a short time before preparing (should be easier to prepare mostly frozen)
  4. Sanitize the peeler, knife, and cutting board
  5. Peel all the Mangos (damn cold on the hands)
  6. Cut the Mangos into small enough chunks to fit into the carboy
  7. Rack the Saison on top of the Mangos
  8. Let it sit

sliced mangos ready for mango saison

Not sure how long I need to let this mixture marinate. At this point I figure to start tasting around the month range, creating a timetable based on aroma/flavor from there.

I remember pitching the Brett with this beer on brew day, thinking that was a mistake. I am on the fence at this point. The aroma of the beer (I forgot to take the gravity) wasn’t quite what I was expecting and, since I didn’t taste it, I have not idea where to set expectations (Right now they aren’t high, which pains me).

I am still planning on dry hopping before I bottle (Motueka based on a lemon-lime, tropical, and spicy description, feel it should add a nice compliment to the Mango and base Saison). Enjoy!

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