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Old 06-26-2013, 11:48 PM   #1
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Default Marris Otter Simcoe SMaSH APA

I have never tried M.O. and am very curious how it taste! I have done 3 all grain brews thus far and could use some input in hop schedule. Here is my current recipe:

12 lb of M.O.

Simcoe addtions:
0.5 @ 60
1 @ 20
1 @ 5
1 @ Flameout
1 Dry hop

55 IBU's
Mash at 152 for 60 minutes
75% est. efficiency for 1.062 OG

Does this sound reasonable, anyone have any suggestions or experience with this combination?

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Old 06-26-2013, 11:53 PM   #2
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Maris Otter tastes fantastic. If you're trying to let the grain character really come through, the IBUs might be a touch high and Simcoe might be a bit heavy. In that case, I'd say use a milder English hop and target about 45IBU so it's more of an ESB. If you're just looking to make a really tasty APA, your recipe is great.



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Old 06-27-2013, 02:11 AM   #3
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I did a SMaSH of Maris Otter and Simcoe last year. 1.052 OG and I just divided up 1 oz. to give about an APA level 40 IBU's so the hop and the grain could be tasted. I was pretty happy with it.

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Your IBUs aren't that high, but I suspect that all of the hop flavor will overpower the character of the M.O.

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I will decrease my late hop additions and try to get my IBU's in the 40's. I hope this will showcase not only the malt but also the hops and make for a well balanced SMaSH APA.

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I think you will find that, with only one base malt like M.O. in the recipe, it doesn't take an abundance of hops for them to make their presence known.

I'm currently drinking/sharing a Vienna/Amarillo SMASH that's very balanced and pleasant to drink. I can taste the Amarillo, but it's subtle. 12lbs Vienna mashed at 53*F and one oz Amarillo pellets added at mashout. That's it.
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Word of caution, if you're drinking a vertically-hopped Simcoe beer, it MAY taste like onions, caramelized onions, just saying, has happened before. Happy brewing.

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Word of caution, if you're drinking a vertically-hopped Simcoe beer, it MAY taste like onions, caramelized onions, just saying, has happened before. Happy brewing.
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Anyone else think the mash should maybe be a bit higher to bring out more of the malt flavor, like 154ish? I only have done one smash and it was with munich. I mashed at 152 just like you did, but that was because munich is known to be malty. Just thinking you might want to go a bit higher with MO to help balance the potent simcoe hops.

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I made a MO simcoe smash IPA 2 months ago. It was an awesome beer.


I mashed at 152, but if I made it again, I would mash higher to let the malt shine more.

No onion flavoring from using 6 oz of hops in the boil.



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