Single Malt Single Hops or other know by SMASH, is when you have just one single type of malt(grain) and one single type of Hops. After I totally fubar'd my first attempt of brewing by my self I thought I would go striaght basic and see what that would get me. Also since I over did it with the grain I knew I would just use one pound of straight two row pale ale malt for this batch with a single ounce of Amarillo hops.
I believe this was the first time I bought from Williams Brewing, I bought 2 lbs of 2 row and 1 lbs of crips chocolate malt. I was planning on brewing the next also. Williams Brewery is pretty good, prices are a tad high but its like $7.99 flat rate shipping anywhere in the US so thats cool. Stupidly however I bought the chocolate malt as a whole grain not crushed, which was a bitch and begat more stupidity but I will go over that in the next post. But I had my grain and my hops and some yeast, ready to go and brew up some bubleah.
The brew went well, I know my tempratures weren't all that solid but I made it through the mash and boil. Shook it up with some yeast and stored it. When I bottled it I was supprised by the tint of orange the color was. I know that the Amarillo hops is like a acidy citrus hop and I wonder if thats what oranged it up.
I let it set for a good 4 weeks and poured my first glass. It was clear around the edges but you couldn't see through the middle of the beer, I don't know what that means but I'm guessing it means it was watered down. Now I'm sure the SMASH technique is all in good in bigger batches done by better brewers however this one was not that great, all I could taste was the hops. My girl Sarah tried some and almost threw up, lol. But after drinking one even though the gravity readings were calculating a low ABV, I felt a decent kick. It took about 2 weeks to struggle drinking all the brew and everytime it was like drinking straight hops. However, it was a good learning experience about alot of grain vs low water and visa versa.