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123 Beer: A Peppercorn Saison

I first got the idea for this beer after reading this post on the Serious Eats site. I thought the idea of a peppercorn saison was a fantastic idea, unfortunately they didn’t provide an actual recipe for one.

After a little research I ended up using a composite of a couple of different recipes. I started with this saison recipe but used the grain build from the recipe in Sam Calagione’s book Extreme Brewing. I also added 1 teaspoon of milled peppercorns at the end of the boil.

Name wise, I really struggled. I was looking for something that referenced Belgium and spice but still remained true to my geeky roots. In the end I went with 123 Beer as an obscure reference to the game Bioshock, which has nothing to do with either but was much on my mind as I was replaying my way through the game. The obvious choice would have been Old Harbinger as that is an actual consumable item in the game but I had a whole number theme going on and wanted to stick with that if I could.

I still think Old Harbinger would be a great name for a barley wine. Someday…


Type: Extract
OG: 1.064
FG: 1.019
ABV: 5.9%
Specialty Grain
3/4 lb. Briess 2-Row Pale Malt
10 oz. Briess Carapils
10 oz. Caravienne Malt
6 lbs Liquid Pale Malt Extract
1 lb Light Dry Extract
2.5 oz. Hallertauer (60 mins.)
.5 oz. Hallertauer (15 mins)
Wyeast 3724 Blegian Saison
1 tsp. White Peppercorns
1 tablet. Whirlfloc
4 oz. Corn Sugar
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