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Old 11-28-2012, 10:21 AM   #181
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I'm seriously considering brewing a SMaSH beer as a second brew. Has any one made any before?
All the time...I did a smash series for like 20 brews straight to see what each hop tasted and smelled like in a beer and how different base malts tasted. Now, when I get a new hop, I do a semi-smash of pale malt, munich and carapils and only that hop.

I highly recommend it to truly learn what each hop or malt can bring to the table.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:07 AM   #182
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I'm going to bottle my Everyday IPA tomorrow morning. It'll have been 24 days post-brew.

I just realized I need to get some priming sugar as it seems honey is too random of a source depending on where/when you buy the honey. This being my first brew, I didn't take an OG. Using the Priming Sugar Calculator (http://www.northernbrewer.com/priming-sugar-calculator/) and a temp of 70 degrees, I get 24g of corn sugar. Is this consistent with what has been used in the past?

I should ask, is it better for a beer to be undercarbonated rather than overcarbonated? I.e. is it better to err on the side of too little priming sugar or too much?

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Old 11-29-2012, 08:59 PM   #183
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So basically I went ahead and bottled. Doing some math, I ended up using 2 tbsp worth of corn sugar in 100ml of water as recommended earlier in the thread. No problems siphoning with the autosiphon- makes it so easy. And practicing with water is very helpful.

Was able to put together 10 full 12oz bottles. Tasted the leftover (about 1/8 of a full bottle) and its actually pretty delicious if a bit flat. A bit drier than I'm used to but has a good maltiness to it. I'm looking forward to drinking the first bottle in mid-December. Hopefully I didn't over/undercarbonate the beer.

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Old 11-30-2012, 10:19 AM   #184
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Honey works fine...I know this is late. I am approaching 100 batches with honey and no issues. I think you are going to be okay...and dont worry about the taste at this moment. It will be much better once they are carbed, chilled and in a glass

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Old 11-30-2012, 09:35 PM   #185
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I bottled my everyday IPA with honey and it was splendid!

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Old 12-13-2012, 05:50 PM   #186
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Hearts H0me Brewing - our infamous Warehouse style LHBS...

Pretty much everyone says the owner dude working there is a grouch at times.
LOL.

But hey, its all we've got for now.

Sadly, you have to get to know him and his moods when he's swamped with packaging mail orders and not exactly Mr Customer Service... I read this thread and got a chuckle when you mentioned your LHBS sucking.

Either that or order online and pickup so that you have minimal interaction.
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:56 PM   #187
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Just dropped a bottle of this brew into the fridge to try tonight- it's 2 weeks post-bottling day!

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Old 12-14-2012, 04:16 AM   #188
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Wow it is a delicious brew. Very well balanced yet the aroma is a sweet hoppiness. Love it and am hoping my 2 cases of IPA that I brewed after that turn out just as well!

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Hearts H0me Brewing - our infamous Warehouse style LHBS...

Pretty much everyone says the owner dude working there is a grouch at times.
LOL.

But hey, its all we've got for now.

Sadly, you have to get to know him and his moods when he's swamped with packaging mail orders and not exactly Mr Customer Service... I read this thread and got a chuckle when you mentioned your LHBS sucking.

Either that or order online and pickup so that you have minimal interaction.
Wow, I didn't realize how much this thread was still being used. I still will only order online and pickup at Hearts. I'm actually placing an order now for some of the 2012 hops (Citra, Simcoe & Amarillo).
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Wow it is a delicious brew. Very well balanced yet the aroma is a sweet hoppiness. Love it and am hoping my 2 cases of IPA that I brewed after that turn out just as well!
Really glad to hear you liked it.

My buddy picked up this kit and we are going to give it a shot tomorrow. Thanks for the pictures and reviews / timeline of this batch!
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