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Old 03-02-2009, 05:27 AM   #1
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I've seen "smash" used more than once, just wondering what it means? Is it an acronym? (Sometimes it is all caps, sometimes some of the letters are, sometimes none.)

Is it just a 'nickname' for the mash, or does it denote some different process or strategy?

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Old 03-02-2009, 06:06 AM   #2
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S(ingle)M(alt) and S(ingle)H(op). It is a type of beer that uses only one type of malt and one type of hops.

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Old 03-02-2009, 12:28 PM   #3
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Oh, cool. Not at all what I was thinking. Sounds interesting though, anyone have any recipes?

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Old 03-02-2009, 12:42 PM   #4
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Just make one up or take one from your library (recipe books) and use only one grain/DME and one type of hop...done.

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Old 03-02-2009, 01:15 PM   #5
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Yeah recipes are eay to create. Close your eyes and point to a list of base Malts, write the one down that your finger on. Next close your eyes and point to a list of hops, write the one down that your finger on.
Then use software to determine how much of each you want to achieve your desired OG and IBUs.

The point of SMaSH brewing is to get an idea of what a certain malt contributes and what a certain hop contributes. This will help you developing recipes in the future.
I jiust did a Marris Otter / Galena SMaSH that I will not be doing agian

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Old 03-03-2009, 02:38 AM   #6
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I tried to figure out what SMaSH was for a while, too. I could not find an entry in the wiki or the search engine. I finally found a post about it. Sounds like a good way to get to know your grains and hops.
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Old 03-03-2009, 02:47 AM   #7
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I jiust did a Marris Otter / Galena SMaSH that I will not be doing agian
Where did this particular SMaSH fall short in your mind? I just brewed an MO/Centennial SMaSH IPA that I'm hoping will be quite good.

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That totally makes sense, and seems like a good way to get to know flavors. Also another good way to have an excuse to brew!

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Where did this particular SMaSH fall short in your mind? I just brewed an MO/Centennial SMaSH IPA that I'm hoping will be quite good.

I am not sure of his problem, but I bought a pound of Galena last year. It should be used in moderation. I read that it should be mild and citusy, but IMHO it can get pretty wild if used in excess. You may be fine with the Centennial.
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