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Old 04-11-2013, 01:10 AM   #121
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I made two "nearly" smash beers that came out great. 1.060 target, 2 row with 10% wheat. I made 5 gallons of the wort and then split the boil between cascade and centennial (whole leaf). Heavily late hoped, about 60 ibus. Grain to glass in a week. Best after two weeks. Seriously, simplest beer I ever made and it was SOO good. Neighbors loved it too.

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Old 04-11-2013, 04:09 AM   #122
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Vienna/Amarillo with WLP 001.

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Old 04-11-2013, 02:27 PM   #123
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Pilsner/Sterling Helles with WLP830. A classic.

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Old 04-11-2013, 04:07 PM   #124
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I made some 1-gallon SMaSHs plus a bunch of cheaters that included various % of a single specialty grain (SMaSH+1 or DMaSH) in the mash. My favorites so far have been Maris Otter + Saaz, Maris Otter + East Kent Goldings, and Munich + East Kent Goldings. MO+Cascade and MO+Northern Brewer are going right now. I didn't like MO+Styrian Goldings much, tasted a bit like fresh lawn clippings, gave new meaning to the phrase "lawnmower beer."

Because I prefer my beers in the lower end of the APA style range (<0.6IBU/OG) I picked up an American Weigh AC Pro 200 Digital Pocket Scale for about $15 from Amazon so I could accurately weigh out the hops. The units are in grams, so hop additions range from 6g (0.21oz) to 1.5g (0.05oz) depending on the %AA of the hop.

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Old 04-11-2013, 04:40 PM   #125
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The only SMaSH I've made was a MO/Northern Brewer and it is fantastic! I even dry hopped it with an ounce. It's like a British Pale/IPA.

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Old 04-11-2013, 05:57 PM   #126
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I made some 1-gallon SMaSHs plus a bunch of cheaters that included various % of a single specialty grain (SMaSH+1 or DMaSH) in the mash. My favorites so far have been Maris Otter + Saaz, Maris Otter + East Kent Goldings, and Munich + East Kent Goldings. MO+Cascade and MO+Northern Brewer are going right now. I didn't like MO+Styrian Goldings much, tasted a bit like fresh lawn clippings, gave new meaning to the phrase "lawnmower beer."

Because I prefer my beers in the lower end of the APA style range (<0.6IBU/OG) I picked up an American Weigh AC Pro 200 Digital Pocket Scale for about $15 from Amazon so I could accurately weigh out the hops. The units are in grams, so hop additions range from 6g (0.21oz) to 1.5g (0.05oz) depending on the %AA of the hop.
I'm glad you said that about the MO + Styrian Holdings. I did the same thing and fermented with London ESB. Got a really strong, not very pleasant, herbal/grassy flavor and aroma. The Styrians were a little old so I attributed it to that & tossed the last couple ounces of them I had thinking they were just bad. Now I know!
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Old 04-13-2013, 04:53 PM   #127
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The Styrians were a little old so I attributed it to that & tossed the last couple ounces of them I had thinking they were just bad. Now I know!
My SG hops were fresh. I even made it a second time shifting the addition times around and still didn't like it. I had previously used it in an irish red with lots of crystal malt and I'm guessing all the caramel/sweetness masks the grassy flavor. I'll be using EKG in irish reds from now on though.

I have some Fuggles in the freezer, but I'm not really looking forward to using it considering how the SG turned out.
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Old 04-13-2013, 05:12 PM   #128
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I made a maris otter galaxy SMaSH as my first brew after i got my propane burner. Didnt realize how much boil off you get on one of them and ended up with 3.5 gallons of an 8% ABV pale ale instead of 5.5 gallons of a 5.5-6%er. Still came out well. Very smooth for an 8% beer with alot of aroma. Only critique would be i shouldve mashed at a higher temp to get a little more body going on.

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Old 05-23-2013, 08:16 PM   #129
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Default 2-row SMaSH with Cascade

This was my first brew day ever. I went with 2-row and Cascade for an all grain 2.5 gallon batch. I just cracked it the other day, per another thread I started, and it came out WONDERFULLY.

It was however my first batch so I can't compare to anything. I can however, with 100% honesty, say that this is currently the best beer I have ever brewed! Hahahahah



We will see if it is beaten out by any of the others I have aging

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This was my first brew day ever. I went with 2-row and Cascade for an all grain 2.5 gallon batch. I just cracked it the other day, per another thread I started, and it came out WONDERFULLY.

It was however my first batch so I can't compare to anything. I can however, with 100% honesty, say that this is currently the best beer I have ever brewed! Hahahahah



We will see if it is beaten out by any of the others I have aging
Simple grain bills with Cascade always equals greatness.
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