Northern Brewer Pilsner SMaSH

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It will probably remind you of an Anchor Steam beer which is 100% NB and dosed about like your recipe, but with a more simple malt profile since you didn't use any specialty grains. When I'm not brewing for a certain style, I really like SMASH beers, especially for leftover garden hops or random bags of pellets in my freezer. It's the best way to isolate and get some sensory feedback on hops/yeast/malt that you can apply in future batches. Plus, for some reason, the most simple beers often taste the best...

Regarding taste, NB is minty/rustic/woody/herbal and almost ginger-like with a heavy late boil addition and a grist with medium lovibond crystal malts. If this batch is too minty/rustic etc for you, consider using Cluster hops in a similar batch. They're a native hop to North America. Rustic/herbal/grassy with none of the potential woody/minty traits of NB, in my experience. Almost a less-refined Hallertau, fwiw....
 
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Thank for the notes.

I hadn't realized that Anchor Steam used NB exclusively. Admittedly, I didn't do a lot of research. I didn't even look up a recipe. I made something up based on the knowledge I've gained over the last few months.

Looking forward to seeing how this turns out in a few weeks.
 
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This one turned out quite different. The WB-06 yeast overpowered the hops. It tasted more like a hefeweizen than I expected. It was still good though.

 
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