Sir William

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.

The Brew

  • Style

    Pale Ale

    Pale ale, a variety of beer which uses a top fermenting yeast and predominantly pale malt, is one of the world's major beer styles.
  • Starting Water

    1.5 gallons

    Just keeping record of the amount of water I've started with befroe each brew.
  • Pre Boil Gravity

    1.020

    Taking the gravity before the boil, to make sure the boil went well.
  • Original Gravity

    1.035

    The Original Gravity is the specific gravity measured before fermentation. Gravity is the ratio of the density of a sample to the density of water. Basically sugar vs water. OG - FG = ABV
  • Final Gravity

    1.024

    The Final Gravity is the specific gravity measured at the completion of fermentation. Basically sugar vs water. OG - FG = ABV
  • ABV

    3.75%

    Alcohole By Volume. How much alcohol is in the beer, the higher the drunker you get! This one the math and gravities were a little off.
  • Two Row

    1lbs

    Grain used in the mash. Used for the sweet flavor of the beer.
  • Amarillo Hops

    1oz

    Hops used in the boil. Used for the bitterness of the beer. Amarillo is more of a citris hop.
  • Yeast

    Safe US-05 Dry Ale

    These microscopic fungi are the mojo in the juice when it comes to alcohole. They consume sugar, then piss carbonation and shit alchole, then reproduce and do it again.
  • Priming Sugar

    None

    Priming sugar, used finish off the fermination. It's used to self carbonate the beer during bottling.
  • IBU

    54

    International Bittering Units. The measurement of bitterness of the beer ranging from 0 to 100, where 100 is super hoppy.
  • SRM Color Scale

    6

    Number guide to beer color, 0 - 40 Yellow into Black
    color guide
  • Finial Amount

    88oz

    The finial amount of beer I got at the end of the whole brewing process

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