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Old 11-09-2012, 06:30 PM   #1
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Default SMaSH Beer with 100% Local Ingredients

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As part of a blog series on local ingredients I'm going to be attempting a SMaSH beer using local malts and local hops. Does anyone have experience brewing single malt/hop all grain beers? What tricks can the brewer use to enhance the character of a SMaSH beer?

It's going to be a pale ale made with entirely 2 Row Pale Malt and Sterling (or another dual-purpose hop).

Any ideas are appreciated and if anyone has first hand experience please give me your impressions.

Thanks!

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Old 11-09-2012, 09:58 PM   #2
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Some people will toast some of the malt in their oven, but personally I feel like that's "cheating." The whole point of a SMaSH is for you to learn the ingredients, I think you'll be surprised at how the simplest beers are often the best. My MO/Columbus SMaSH IPA has been hands down my favorite homebrew so far.

Decide what direction you want the beer to go (IPA? Pale Ale? Maybe a lager if you're into that?) and pick an OG and hopping schedule, then just brew it up! I'd suggest a pretty neutral yeast.

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Old 11-09-2012, 10:16 PM   #3
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I agree. My most successful recipes have always been my least fussy ones. I'm planning on making a pale ale with exclusively 2 row barley malted by a local small batch maltster (which I'm very thankful to have found). It would be interesting to experiment with a other beer styles though. I think going with a fairly neutral yeast is a good idea so the malt and hops really shine through.

Mind sharing your MO/Columbus SMaSH IPA recipe? I'd love to take a look.

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Sure! I had some help with the hop schedule, check out this thread here:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/mo-c...hedule-310897/

I ended up doing heywatchthis suggested in that thread. I had 13 lbs MO to get a 1.060 OG, mashed at 153, used US-05 yeast.

Here's how I hopped:
.5 oz FWH
1 oz @ 60
.5 oz @ 10
2 oz @ 0
2 oz dry hop

Columbus is a pretty heavy hitter (13% AA?) but this wasn't overly bitter. It was very hoppy but with all the late hops it was nicely balanced, I had a few people love this that normally hate IPAs. It came out a dark golden color, had plenty of dank, woodsy, citrusy hop flavor, and had a "dry toast" malty finish that I think is the signature of Marris Otter.

I love the idea of using all local ingredients! Too bad you can't use a local yeast.

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Thanks for sharing! Add a spontaneous fermentation and you might have yourself a 100% regionally specific beer. It's definitely a concept that I'm fascinated by.

Cheers.

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I love the idea of using all local ingredients! Too bad you can't use a local yeast.
Sure you can! See How to Capture Wild Yeast!
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MO and cascade hops is good for me.

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