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Old 01-18-2013, 05:03 PM   #1
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Default Thinking about a Marris Otter SMASH... Hops ideas?

I want to try my hand at a Marris Otter SMASH. Not sure if I'm shooting more in the realm of a pale or an ESB, but trying to decide on a hop to use.

My options, on hand, are:
- Fuggles
- EKG
- Colombus
- Cascade
- I forget the last, but it's a high alpha bittering, wouldn't really be appropriate anyway

I plan to use London ESB ale yeast, and I'm leaning towards either the Fuggles or EKG and keep this a fully English SMASH, but I'm not entirely sure what to expect out of either of those hops if they're the only thing used.

Suggestions / Recommendations?

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Old 01-18-2013, 05:08 PM   #2
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EKG would get my vote.

I just did an MO SMaSH with 4 1oz additions at 60/10/0/DH. I'm loving it.

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I'd go with fuggles with ekg being my 2nd place vote.

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I would personally do Columbus but that is just because I'm actually not super familiar with them. That said, I did a EKG/MO SMaSH that was pretty damn tasty. I don't really care for Fuggle and don't think they are interesting enough to warrant a SMaSH beer but that might just be me. Those would be at the bottom of my list.

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I've done MO and Willamette a few times (some with strawberries, some without) and they've always been VERY well received.
EKG would be my first choice, I think the all English idea would be great.

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OK, I think, after at least a couple folks here seemed to agree, I'm sticking with my gut and going with EKG. I think I'll shoot for something EB-ish (I'll _just_ miss the color by a hair, but that's OK), but it's looking like this:

12lbs MO
1oz EKG @ 60min
1oz EKG @ 15min
1oz EKG @ 5min

mash at 152

Ferment with London ESB

Should turn out 5 gallons of a slightly too pale ESB that hits all the other numbers for an ESB, and sounds like it should meet most of the style guidelines too. I'm really looking forward to trying this one!

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I think if you do a step mash, you might darken your beer a touch. Try mashing low -- 148 -- then drawing the liquid off, heating it enough to raise your mash up to 156.

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Ekg +1000

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I did MO + Amarillo and it came out great.

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So I brewed this up today - Marris Otter and EKG. Funny thing though - I've been managing around 72-75% efficiency typically. Today I hit just north of 79%. I was a little shocked when I found that my pre-boil gravity was almost as high as my post boil gravity was supposed to be.

Does anyone here know if it's at all typical to see higher than normal efficiency when mashing only base malt?

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