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Old 09-09-2010, 06:51 PM   #1
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I was horrified to see that I had naught but 2 row and northern brewer hops. I thought that I had a pound of crystal 40 around.

So 1/2 way through the mash, I took out 2 cups of the 2 row and SIZZLED it until it looked a little burnt and all of the moisture was gone.

I had done this before to a much lesser degree to simulate decoction, but this time, I got it a little dark.

Added that to the mash and sparged thoroughly.


The wort has a little color and actually was a little darker than if I had used a pound or so of crystal 60 at bottling. A slight roasty aroma was evident.

Not a SMASH I would say. Probably won't quite be able to recreate it. It smelled great.

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why not just toast some 2-row in the oven before mashing?

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I had already started mashing the 2 row whilst still looking for the crystal. Bad form I know, but I was sure it was there somewhere, and time was running short.

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