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October 2023

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SMaSH Brewing: Tips from the Pros

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While SMaSH (Single Malt and Single Hop) beers are relatively simple by nature, that doesn’t mean they can’t taste great. Two brewers with SMaSH beers in their regular rotation share pointers for crafting a great SMaSH brew and the benefits of doing so.

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Evaluating Brewing Ingredients

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A brewer must understand the impact each ingredient will have on the final beer in order to master recipe development. Get tips on how to properly evaluate each ingredient. With practice, everyone can master these skills and start brewing better beers.

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Keep it Simple — It’s a SMaSH!

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SMaSH (Single Malt and Single Hop) recipes are about as simple as they get. That doesn’t mean this technique is just for beginners, however. SMaSH beers are a great way for all homebrewers to evaluate new ingredients, while also having the benefits of an easier brew day and a way to use up ingredients that may be nearing expiration. Let’s look closer at why SMaSH brewing is such a great tool for homebrewers and how to get the most from it.

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Cascade SMaSH Pale Ale

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A single-malt, single-hop (SMaSH) pale ale recipe that’s almost as easy to brew as it is to drink.

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Tettnang SMaSH Kölsch

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A quick and straightforward recipe for a refreshing SMaSH (Single Malt and Single Hop) Kölsch.

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Simcoe® SMaSH IPA

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Simcoe® SMaSH IPA (5-gallons/19-L all-grain)OG = 1.058  FG = 1.012IBU = 65  SRM = 4  ABV = 6% Ingredients12 lbs. (5.4 kg) North American 2-row pale malt12 AAU Simcoe® hops (60 min.) (1

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10 Must-Haves for Pros and Amateurs

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The scale is different, however there is a lot of crossover in commercial craft brewing and homebrewing. A pro brewer who still keeps his mash paddle busy at home shares the pieces of equipment he couldn’t brew without, no matter the size of the batch.

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Jimmy Carter and Homebrewing

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In 1979, President Jimmy Carter signed into law the legalization of homebrewing in the United States and its ramifications have been immense worldwide. A Georgia homebrewer offers up some insight into the former President’s personal experiences and views on this topic.

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DIY Keg Beer Level Management System

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It’s always a sad day when you go to pull a pint of your favorite draft beer and the faucet starts spitting foam into the glass. Always know how much beer is actually left in the keg with this awesome DIY scale with display functionality.

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The Many Forms of Hops

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The world of hopping beers has been revolutionized in recent years. Make sure you are informed on the latest and greatest ways to get the most from the various hop products that are available in the marketplace these days.

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Concept Beers

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Once your mind is set on brewing a new take on a beer, the next step is to design the recipe. Drew and Denny offer up their best advice on taking a concept for a beer and making it become a reality via the most direct route.

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Gordon Strong’s West Coast IPA

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(5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.063  FG = 1.011IBU = 72  SRM = 6  ABV = 6.9% Ingredients5.5 lbs. (2.5 kg) Pilsner malt5 lbs. (2.3 kg) 2-row pale malt1.5 lbs. (680 g)

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West Coast IPA

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Clear, crisp, and packing a punch, the modern West Coast IPA offers drinkers plenty of hop character. Take a journey to Southern California where this style was born and has since been exported around the world.

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Adding Magnesium Salts in Beer

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According to the article “Can You Take Too Much Magnesium” published on the Medical News Today website, the National Institutes of Health recommends 310–320 mg as the daily magnesium allowance for adult

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Hitting Target FG, Knowing Your OG and Magnesium Salts in Beer

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A pair of homebrewers are struggling to hit their target gravities, although one is focusing on final gravity and the other is looking at original gravity. The Wiz talks them through his thoughts on each topic as well as an anonymous brewer’s question on using magnesium salts in their brewing water.

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Knowing Your Original Gravity

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This is a tough one. I had to put my thinking cap on before sitting down to write this response out. I need to get one thing clarified before I jump into

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Hitting Your Target Final Gravity

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It’s always great reading questions for brewers in other countries and doing a bit of traveling with the internet. Gisborne looks like a beautiful place to enjoy a nice Pilsner and hopefully

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Your First Homebrew Draft Beer

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Being able to serve your beer on draft offers homebrewers several advantages. Learn how to get started kegging your beer.

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Get the latest homebrewing and beer related news, products, and upcoming events.