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View Poll Results: Do you do SMaSH brews
Once to try 23 12.64%
It's a regular thing 26 14.29%
No, not really interested 21 11.54%
I plan to, like a good idea. 107 58.79%
ain't telling. 5 2.75%
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Old 12-21-2008, 09:48 AM   #1
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I'm interested in how many of you have done.

It'd be good if you post the combination and variations.

I've stuck with

Fuggle and Maris otter
Highly recommended.

I've done a
balanced
Extra Malty
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Old 12-21-2008, 11:01 AM   #2
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Haven't but would like to. I wanna do a Amarillo and Maris otter smash.
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Old 12-21-2008, 11:44 AM   #3

I've done a SMaSH MO/Fuggle twice now- need to start working on some of the variations that you've listed, Orfy.

 
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Old 12-21-2008, 12:30 PM   #4
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Have thought about a MO & Centennial. FavoUrite Grain + FafoUrite Hop.

 
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Old 12-21-2008, 12:38 PM   #5
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Just did a 2-row and Cascade. Bubbling merrily away. I think this could be a regular thing for a while.... good way to find what different hops and yeasts do, and it's pretty cheap to do.
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Old 12-21-2008, 12:44 PM   #6
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Like the idea a lot, haven't had the chance to do one yet. If all works well and the temps stay above 0F, I'll be doing one the the weekend after Christmas.
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Old 12-21-2008, 01:29 PM   #7
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I did one by accident. I didn't have a recipe and just bought 12# of 2 row. One way I added character to the grain bill was toasting 2 lbs in the oven.

 
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Old 12-21-2008, 01:43 PM   #8
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I did a golden promise and Mt. hood combo once. It turned out pretty decent. Nice balance and spicy.
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Old 12-21-2008, 01:50 PM   #9
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what is a SMaSH brew? please define?

 
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Old 12-21-2008, 02:01 PM   #10
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I smashed for the first time last week. A 2.5 g batch MO & Argentinian Cascade. More as a way to get a handle on the AC's than anything else.

I can't say anything about it yet, and I don't know that I'd tweak that combo again (unless the AC's surprise me.)

But would I SMaSH another combo? You betcha...it's a great way to get to know your ingredients, and to try out different techniques like decoction and roasting your own grain.

Any of you newer brewers reading this thread, don't be intimated by this, you don;t HAVE to make 5 gallons of it, you could do this in any small batch size, from using a gallon jucg 3/4 of the way full (like the basic brewing guys to) to 2.5 gallon, in a water jug...or even your old MR Beer keg which is gathering dust in the back of the closet.

And extract brewers, you can attempt this too...Some liquid extracts, expecially the lightest lovibond ones are SINGLE MALT as well. Northern Brewer #20053 NB Organic Light Malt Syrup...Or even using XLT DME and a single hop would be an extract alternative. Or a base extract + a couple ounces of steeping grain and a single hop.

William's Brewing even offers Marris Otter LME. MARIS OTTER EXTRACT 8 LBS @ Williams Brewing

It's a great way form everyone to get more control of their process, AND to get a feeling for how ingredients work with each other.
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