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Summer of SMaSH

July 20, 2021 8 min read

Summer of SMaSH

Beer of the Month Program

August 2021  - Summer of SMaSH -  $43.99 (Evergreen) or $44.99 (Zamba)

One of the best parts about making beer (aside from drinking it) is the social aspect. Brewers love to swap recipes, discuss what well or horribly wrong in their brews. We thought it would be a fun idea to start a beer conversation here. We're going to make a beer every month here and encourage other brewers to make it as well. In the end, we're hoping we can share our opinions and experiences with the recipe and crowd-source some improvements. The recipes will be easy to make and we will gladly assist new home brewers in the production of these beers. They will all be 5.5 gallons in size. We find that after fermenting and racking a 5.5 gallon batch turns into a standard 5 gallon batch pretty quickly.

At the start of every month we will post the recipe in store, as well as on our websiteFacebook, and Instagram. We will also have a set price for the recipe that will include a discount of up to 25%!

Summer of SMaSH

SMaSH– 5.5 Gal - OG 1.050 – FG 1.010 – ABV 5.3% - IBU 30 – SRM 5

Purchase The Zamba Version | Evergreen Edition | Printable Instructions

A couple of fun new ingredients are rolling into the store, and we thought it would be a good time to make some SMaSH’es. For those unfamiliar, a SMaSH beer refers to a Single Malt and Single Hop. Basically, it’s a way to focus in on flavours of a specific set of ingredients. Most beers are made of multiple grains and hops leading to a delicious combination, but in this case, we want to see what our new malts and hops taste like.

What are the new ingredients? Well, we have a Pale Ale Malt from Belgian Malting company Dingemans. We find their grains have an amazing fresh aroma unlike any other. The Pale Ale malt gives beer a full-bodied flavour with a delightful golden colour. It’s a perfect base malt for a SMaSH.

For hops, we have two new varieties. We’re making a SMaSH for each of them. The new hops are Evergreen and Zamba. These are both proprietary hop blends from our friends at BSG. Evergreen is your classic West Coast IPA hop. With notes of peach, apricot, but also classic floral and pine IPA flavours. Zamba on the other hand is all about the juice. Notes of pineapple, mango, stone fruit, and lots and lots of tangerine abound in this hop. It could be used for NEIPAs and other hazy beers. Finishing off this beer is the classic Cali Ale from Guelph’s own Escarpment Labs. It’s going to deliver a great, consistent fermentation that really lets the fresh hops and malts come through!

Ingredients

Grains
  • Dingemans Belgian Pale Malt x 10lbs
  • Acidulated Malt x .2lbs
Hops
Boil Schedule (minutes)
  • Evergreen or Zamba - 1.0 oz @ 30 minutes
  • Evergreen or Zamba - 2.0oz @ Flameout for 10 minutes, do NOT cool for 10 minutes
  • DRY HOP - Zamba or Evergreen 2oz addition four days into fermentation
Yeast
  • Cali Ale - Escarpment Labs
Extras (Must be purchased separately)
  • Gypsum - 1/2 teaspoon at mash.
  • DME/Dextrose - 150g at bottling for priming
Important Tips on Brewing
  • Be extra cautious when it comes to cleaning! Once you have stopped boiling your wort everything that gets in contact with the beer MUST be sanitary.
  • The temperature of your mash is ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL. Not being in the 150-155f range can drastically affect your beer. Make sure you correct the temperature ASAP once all of the grain has been added to the mash.
  • Always let your beer ferment for 10 days! Do not disturb it, do not open the lid. It is absolutely natural for the airlock to stop bubbling after a few days, it is still fermenting though.
  • Oxidization: Airspace is always something to consider. When undergoing primary fermentation airspace is needed so that the beer can bubble up and ferment vigoursley without leaking out of the container. The fermentation creates a layer of CO2 that remains in the pail due to the airlock. Once primary fermentation is over, and the lid has been opened, the layer of CO2 dissipates, and oxygen replaces it. At this point airspace can ruin your beer. When racking into carboys make sure they are filled to the top, or you blast CO2 inside to prevent oxidization. Ask us for details on this!
  • Before bottling, make sure you use a priming calculator (many can be found online) to verify the amount of sugar that needs to be added.
  • What's the deal with the acidulated malt? If you're using Guelph water, or any tap water from Ontario it is almost always very hard water. Hard water has a high pH, in order to get the pH down to the proper level for brewing we recommend adding 2.5-3% acidulated malt to your beer. It depends on the style a bit, but this is a good rule of thumb. Get in touch with us if you'd like a more in-depth explainer of pH and water adjustment!

Instructions

Mashing -> converting the grain into a fermentable liquid.

  • Bring 6 gallons of water in your brew pot to 155°F. This is our strike temperature. Turn off the heat to the pot.
  • If you are using standard Guelph tap water, 1/2 teaspoon of Gypsum to the water. This will help promote hop flavour and aroma.
  • Wrap the muslin/nylon bag around the brew pot and slowly pour all the milled grains into the bag. Stir them in while adding to prevent clumps. The addition of grain should drop the temperature down to 150-155°F.
  • We want to mash the grain at 154°F for 60 minutes. It is very important to hold the temperature at 154°F. If the temperature rises above 155°F it hurts the fermentation, or if it dips below 149°F it can lead to a thinner tasting beer.
    1. The first 15-30 minutes are essential for the success of your brew. The temperature HAS TO BE IN THE RANGE OF 150-155°F. Sometimes adding the grain to the strike water does not lower the temperature enough, in this case add a little bit of cold water to bring the temperature down. Cover the pot with your lid and let it sit.
    2. Most brew pots will be able to maintain 154°F without adding heat for 20 minutes, we recommend checking the temperature every 15 minutes, and if it drops add more heat to bring it up. We recommend opening the lid and using a thermometer in the liquid.
  • After 60 minutes, bring the temperature of the mashing grain up to 170°F and hold for 10 minutes. This is our mash out.
  • Time to remove the grain. Lift the bag full of grain out of the brew pot. Let the liquid in the bag dribble into your wort. Once that is done, put the bag inside of a brewing pail, or another empty pot. There will be about 4 gallons of wort in the brew pot, we need to get it to 6 gallons before we can begin the next stage.
  • Run warm water through the grains in the bag, aim for 170°f – let it run through the grains and add to the brew pot. Add until you reach 6 gallons.
    1. PSA: It is natural to think that the grains need to be squeezed to get all of the liquid out of them, DO NOT DO THIS. Aggressively squeezing the grains will lead to tannin extraction and a doughy taste in your beer. Lightly pressing the bag is fine, but do not try to squeeze every last drop out.

Boiling -> Sterilizing the wort time.

  • Bring 6 gallons of your wort to a rolling boil, and let it boil for 5 minutes, this is called the hot break. Start a 60-minute timer. Keep the wort boiling (212°f) and uncovered.
  • With 30 minutes left in the timer, add 1 ounce of Zamba or Evergreen.
  • With 15 minutes left in the timer add 1 tsp of Irish Moss, and If you have a wort chiller, we recommend adding it at the 15-minute mark.
  • When your timer goes off, turn off the heat, and now it’s time to add more hops!

Cooling & Whirlpooling -> Let’s Get Hoppy

  • We do not want to cool the beer down yet. We want to add hops and let them sit for 10 minutes. This gives the perfect balance of flavour and aroma additions, along with proper bitterness to make an IPA.
  • So, when the timer goes off, turn off the heat and immediately add 2 ounces of Zamba or Evergreen. If you have a wort chiller in the pot, do not use it yet, let it sit. Set a timer for 10 minutes, once again, do not actively cool the beer.
  • After 10 minutes have passed, it is now time to start cooling the beer. Cool the beer down to 25°C.

Fermentation -> Turning the wort into beer

  • After the boil is done it is time to be extra careful in regard to sanitation. We recommend using a no-rinse sanitizer called Starsan. Mix ¼ tsp of it with water in a 500ml spray bottle. Before we touch any part of the beer, we spray it with Starsan.
  • Transfer the cooled wort into your fermenting pail or carboy. Run it though a strainer to catch any hop or grain residue. With all of the hop matter in this beer, it might take a while to strain through all the hops.
    1. It is also an important time to take a hydrometer reading. It should be around 1.050 give or take a few points.
  • Make sure the wort has been cooled to at least 27°C!!! Adding yeast at a higher temperature will likely kill it.
  • Once the beer is in the fermenter, shake up and pour in the package of Cali Ale yeast.
  • Put the bung and airlock in the hole (make sure there is water filled up to the line in the airlock). If using a pail, make sure the lid is sealed tight. Put the pail in a room that is in the range of 19-23°c.
  • DRY HOP TIME: Fermentation will be quite vigourous for the first couple of days, we want it to slow down before adding dry hops. Add the 2 ounces of Zamba or Evergreen four days into fermentation. Let the dry hops sit in the beer for 6 days until day 10 of the fermentation.
  • After 10 days have passed, take a hydrometer reading. It should be somewhere between 1.010-1.015.
  • Lately, we have been of the opinion that secondary is an unnecessary step. Unless you are kegging, we recommend proceeding to the bottling stage. Clarification can occur in the bottle rather than in a carboy, and the risk of oxidization is greatly reduced.

Above, the Evergreen version 3 days into fermentation. 

Bottling -> We’re getting close to Beer Time now.

  • Rack the now fermented beer into a bucket.
    1. Because of how many hops are in the beer, we recommend wrapping a muslin bag with a zip tie on the output of your siphon tube. This will catch any hop debris in the pail.
  • At the same time, mix the priming sugar with 300ml of boiling water and add to the beer. Stir it in VERY gently.
  • Rack the beer into your bottles or growlers. Then, let them sit for 2-3 weeks at room temperature. Chill and enjoy!