Orange Saisonsicle Recipe

I really like the idea of milkshake style beers. They usually incorporate lactose (milk sugar), vanilla, and some fruit. There are plenty of these kinds recipes on the net for IPAs & ales, but I haven’t seen many for saisons. They exist, but it looks like only a handful of breweries have attempted them. My turn! So I set out to brew an orange creamsicle/milkshake “style” saison (like the ice cream bars).

zestI usually use Belgian pilsner malt as my saison base, but I wanted this beer to have more complexity so I used a pilsner, 2-row, and Maris otter mix. I then added white wheat and flaked oats for body and mouthfeel, and a bit of Vienna malt.

To get my orangey orange on, I used the zest of two oranges and dried sweet orange peel in the boil.

When this beer is done fermenting I will rack it onto the two oranges I zested (chopped & frozen), and 2 vanilla beans. To prep the vanilla beans I split them, scraped out the goodness, cut them in half, and soaked them in 1 oz of Titos vodka.

Orange Saisonsicle

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
3 gal 60 min 20.04 IBUs 5.43 SRM 1.073 1.015 7.64 %


Name Amount %
Belgian Pilsner Malt 3 lbs 35.3
Rahr 2 Row 2 lbs 23.5
English Maris Otter 1 lb 11.8
White Wheat Malt 1 lb 11.8
Flaked Oats 1 lb 11.8
Vienna Malt .5 lb 5.9




Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Casscade .5 oz 45 min Boil Pellet 7.2


Vanilla beans soaking in vodka
Name Amount Time Use Form
Dried orange peel 6 g 15 min Boil Spice
Lactose 6 oz 15 min Boil Non-fermentable sugar
Cara Cara orange zest 14.7 g 5 min Boil Spice
Cara Cara Oranges 2 each 7-14 days Secondary Fruit
Vanilla Beans 2 each 7-14 days Secondary Spice



Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
Belle Saison Lallemand 85%+ 59°F – 95°F


Step Temperature Time
Mash 154°F 50 min


Step Time Temperature
Primary TBD ~80 (heating pad)
Secondary 7-14 days Ambient



Brewed: 8/26/18 | OG: 1.074

Water: Minneapolis tap water.

70% efficiency | Mash ph adjusted to 5.2 | whirfloc/yeast nutrient @15

No tasting notes, shit was dumped.


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