On average, I brew a couple batches every other week, all of which are forÂ xBmts or The Hop Chronicles. A recent Saturday was one of these days, I brewed two 5 gallon batches simultaneously for a yet to be published xBmt. The next morning, I woke up early with my kids, made some breakfast, and did a few normal weekend chores.Â Right after lunch, myÂ wife mentioned she had some errands to run, said sheâ€™d be out for a couple hours and would take my oldest daughter. My 2 year-old was napping at this point and my son wanted to ride his bike. Thatâ€™s when the idea to try something Iâ€™d been thinking about for awhile struckâ€“ brew an all grain batch in as little time asÂ possible. I set a goal for myself to be finished by the time my wife returned home, which she estimated would be approximately 2 hours. What follows is an account of how it went down, from grain to glass.
As my wife was prepping to leave, right about the timeÂ this brilliant idea came to me, I opened up BeerSmithÂ and threw together a very simple SMaSH recipe. Inspired by the latest boil length xBmt findings, I chose to use some 2 year old German Pils malt I found sitting in the bottom of a bucket earlier that weekend. To that, I added Amarillo hops from the 2013 crop Iâ€™d been avoiding and a pack of Mangrove Jacks West Coast YeastÂ that expired nearly a year prior.Â This was bound to be glorious.
Short & ShoddyÂ SMaSHÂ
|Batch Size||Boil Time||IBU||SRM||OG||FG||ABV|
|1.75||15 min||65||Â 11.6||1.040 SG||1.009 SG||4.0 %|
|2 year old Weyermann German Pils Malt(1.6L)||3 lbs||100|
|Amarillo||20 g/19.4 IBU||First Wort Hop â€“ 15 minutes||FWH||Pellet||Â 8.2|
|Amarillo||35 g/19.3 IBU||1 minute||Boil||Pellet||Â 8.2|
|Amarillo||40g||Dryhop 4 Days||Dry Hop||Pellet||Â 8.2|
|M44 West Coast Yeast (exp. 12/2014)||Mangrove Jacks||73%||66Â°F|
I chose to use theÂ BIAB method for this project and collected the fullÂ volume of water, unfiltered and untreated, as my wife pulledÂ out of the garage.
Start time:Â 10:05 AM
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