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Old 09-27-2012, 07:09 PM   #1
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Default One grain, one hope beer idea--feedback please

Hey All,

I had an idea to do a beer with 1 type of grain, 1 type of hop, maybe 1 spice, etc.
I was thinking about making it a floral pale ale.

-18# of 2-row pale
-1.0 oz Ahtanum @ 60
-.5 oz Ahtanum @ 45
-.5 oz Ahtanum @ 30
-.5 oz Ahtanum @ 15
-1.0 oz Ahtanum @ 0
-1.0 oz Ahtanum Dry hop in secondary (~7 days)
Maybe a pound or two of honey at flameout?

Yeast: California Ale White Labs (#WLP001)


Kind of an odd idea, but why not,

Thoughts?

Cheers,
Saul

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18#s? Holy schniekes! I would also consider Cascade, but that's just me. How many gallons are you making?

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Not odd at all,.. Know as SMaSH beer. Single malt, and Single hop! Go for it,...

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Do it. Its usually referred to as a SMASH beer, Single Malt Single Hop (at least that's what I call it ). Its a great way to learn the individual flavors.

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Haha well I guess my newbie colours are showing. This is only my 7th all grain batch.

I was planning on making it 5.5 gallons. Perhaps I will lower the grain bill to around 15#.

Thanks for the feedback!

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Haha well I guess my newbie colours are showing. This is only my 7th all grain batch.

I was planning on making it 5.5 gallons. Perhaps I will lower the grain bill to around 15#.

Thanks for the feedback!

-Saul
Yeah, 18#s is a little much and 15#s still seems a little excessive, but that's just this man's opinion.
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In my experience, a SMaSH is more suited to a smaller (read: non-double or imperial) recipe. Making a beer upwards of 8% can produce a lot of ... well, alcohol flavor, which is why a typical IIPA will have a good balance of crystal to malt it up some. I would expect that doing a beer that size with nothing but basic 2-row will produce something that is beer, but could be fairly boring, and largely defeats the purpose of a SMaSH attempt. The basic idea is to get a feel for what both the grain and the hop bring to the table; if it's dominated entirely by booze, you won't really get this as much. And that's without adding some additional simple sugars like honey into the mix, which will only dry it out more.

If you really want to go with a beer that size, I'd suggest trying out a more interesting base malt, like Maris Otter or Vienna. That way you'll have at least a little flavor wrestling in the background.

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If you're efficiency is much over 50% this will be smashed SMaSH....

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If you're efficiency is much over 50% this will be smashed SMaSH....
So a Sloppy Sloshed SMaSH? I challenge you to say that 5 times fast the next time you get drunk.

I definitely think Vienna is the way to go with this one. MO would make it more dynamic than 2 row, but it would still be pretty monotone and boozy.
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Hey All,

I had an idea to do a beer with 1 type of grain, 1 type of hop,
and, evidently, 1 hope.....sweet!

Lol. I did that too.

Actually I did 4 pale ales each with a different hop to see the diff.

Not exactly the same, but maybe samd idea.
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