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Old 08-28-2013, 10:29 PM   #1
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Background - newb, currently have 3rd coopers kit in primary.... going to learn AG by BIAB, using smaller (10-15 litre) batches of SMaSH. KISS is key

I am going to buy a sack of 2-row grain, and quite likely 2 1-pound bags of hops, to take advantage of bulk purchase (I am a cheapazz) So, my question is : which two hops should I get? I am thinking two varieties that would be able to provide enough difference in SMaSH, as well as complementary if used together. I am looking for options and combos with frugality and KISS in mind. I have read that some of the grain can be home-roasted to add some flavour complexity and variety, but basically I am looking to keep things, well, basic

I am the first to admit I know next to nothing about beer..... preferences are lighter beers, honey ales.... I may get a small amount of honey malt grain or crystal, to expand after a few SMaSH batches....

I hope this post is not too vague in what is being asked.
thanks for any suggestions

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Old 08-28-2013, 10:32 PM   #2
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Start with any of the "c" hops as they all play nicely and do o.k. on their own (except maybe citra). I'd suggest Cascade and Centennial.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:42 PM   #3
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I think noble hops are also good, depending on what types of beers you like to drink. Fuggles, Saaz, etc
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:44 PM   #4
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Columbus is a great bittering and aroma hop - Centennial being another.

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Old 08-28-2013, 10:50 PM   #5
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One base grain, two hop varieties? Kind of limits your SMaSH possibilities. If experimenting is your intent you need more. Munich, Pils, Maris Otter, American 2-row, Wheat . . . different maltsters.

And hops, well thatís a really long list.

Youíre going to need variety if you want to learn what contributes what. Save buying in bulk until your SMaSH beers have taught you those lessons.

Oh and donít forget yeast. SMaSH isnít as simple as it sounds.

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Old 08-29-2013, 10:25 PM   #6
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Thanks for all of the comments!

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Old 08-30-2013, 02:52 AM   #7
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It's funny, citra has been one of my favorite smash brews. It made for a nice session ipa at 4.5% abv

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Old 08-30-2013, 02:06 PM   #8
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yeh, Citra. Amarillo and maybe Mittlefruh as a wild card

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Old 08-30-2013, 02:11 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by Jipper
Columbus is a great bittering and aroma hop - Centennial being another.
I second this. Columbus is cheap too so would definitely be a good choice.
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Old 08-30-2013, 02:59 PM   #10
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Throw Apollo on the really cheap and really useful list. Under used hop IMO...

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