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Orfy 09-23-2009 06:35 AM

What does the term SMaSH mean?

This and many other brews/discussions on HBT gave rise to the term SMaSH.

Single Malt and Single Hop recipe.

It can be done with extract, extract and steep, partial mash and all grain brewing.

The idea is us use it to learn how malt and hop combinations taste.

Here was my first SMaSH recipe. (From 2007)

Following the KISS principle.

Single malt variety
Single hop variety
Single Infusion
Single Stage fermentation

BeerSmith Recipe Printout - www.beersmith.com
Recipe: Single Malt Ale Brewer: Orfy
Style: English Pale Ale/Strong Bitter
TYPE: All Grain Taste:

Batch Size: 23.02 L Boil Size: 30.53 L
Estimated OG: 1.045 SG
Estimated Color: 4.8 SRM
Estimated IBU: 25.6 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 65.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

5.00 kg Pale Malt, Maris Otter (Thomas Fawcett)
15.00 gm Fuggles [4.50%] (60 min) (First Wort Hop)
15.00 gm Fuggles [4.50%] (45 min)
15.00 gm Fuggles [4.50%] (30 min)
15.00 gm Fuggles [4.50%] (15 min)
15.00 gm Fuggles [4.50%] (60 min) (Aroma Hop-Steep)

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Batch Sparge.
Total Grain Weight: 5.00 kg
Add 13.05 L of water at 75.0 C 68.0 C 60 min

oswegan 09-23-2009 02:08 PM

Thanks. Good info for those of us who go off and brew for months and come back periodically for new inspiration.

I thought I might try this idea.

Any thoughts on a SMaSH using Simpson's Golden Promise with Amarillo, Centennial or Simcoe?

Orfy 09-23-2009 03:17 PM

There's plenty of SMaSH threads. I'm sure some one will have done one of those combination.
There is even an HBT SMaSH brewers group.

This was just to let people know what SMaSH is and where it came from.

permo 12-10-2009 04:10 AM

SMaSH is such a great idea. I think, myself, as a homebrewer I often times try to do too much...too much emphasis on wild recipes or complicated hop schedules. Arguably the best Pilsner in the World...Urquell...is a SMaSH.

Aubie Stout 12-10-2009 04:29 AM

Simple is sometimes the best method.

yellow70cooper 12-11-2009 06:41 PM

I absolutely love the SMaSH concept, one of my regular brews is a Golden Promise, Cascade SMaSH. I actually roast about 4 pounds of grain for different lengths of time to change the flavor profile a bit. Does this still count as a SMaSH or have I strayed from the original intent??

Yellow 70 Cooper

bernerbrau 12-11-2009 06:42 PM

I always thought the "Ma" with the lowercase "a" stood for Malt, so "Single Malt Single Hop"... ?

Baja_Brewer 12-13-2009 10:44 PM


Originally Posted by bernerbrau (Post 1735347)
I always thought the "Ma" with the lowercase "a" stood for Malt, so "Single Malt Single Hop"... ?

Lower case letters generally (not always) denote an inferior or connecting words such as "of" or "and" or sometimes they are omitted entirely....

Sometimes meanings get mixed up, just like KISS generally means Keep It Stupid Simple, I like to think of it as a reminder for myself Keep It Simple, Stupid :D

DeathBrewer 03-10-2010 04:23 PM

I just made a very light ale with German Pale Malt, US Tettnanger (mash, 60 min, 15, flame-out) and Wyeast 1056. I'm hopin' she's tasty.

Norbrew 04-15-2010 03:45 PM

Made a great one a few months back, light and a nice beer to drink in the summer. Making more of it now, my friends loved it so have to be sure to have enogh to the summer comes :D

Type: All Grain
Date: 13.02.2010
Batch Size: 5,81 gal
Brewer: Terje Knudsen
Boil Size: 7,00 gal Asst Brewer:
Boil Time: 90 min Equipment: My Equipment
Taste Rating(out of 50): 35,0 Brewhouse Efficiency: 75,00
Taste Notes:


Amount Item Type % or IBU
9,59 lb Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (3,0 EBC) Grain 100,00 %
1,76 oz Hallertauer Mittelfrueh [4,10 %] (60 min) Hops 24,0 IBU
1 Pkgs German Ale/Kolsch (White Labs #WLP029) Yeast-Ale

Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1,045 SG
Measured Original Gravity: 1,047 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1,011 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1,008 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 4,44 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 5,08 %
Bitterness: 24,0 IBU Calories: 205 cal/pint
Est Color: 5,5 EBC Color: Color

Mash Profile

Mash Name: Single Infusion, Medium Body, No Mash Out Total Grain Weight: 9,59 lb
Sparge Water: 5,15 gal Grain Temperature: 53,6 F
Sparge Temperature: 168,1 F TunTemperature: 68,0 F
Adjust Temp for Equipment: TRUE Mash PH: 5,4 PH

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