I’ve been meaning to brew a SMaSH beer for some time since my last attempt. The last attempt didn’t turn out that well as I hadn’t had my water analyzed and I wasn’t adding anything to it for light, hoppy beers. The pH was just too high in any light beer I made and you could really taste it in the finished beers. Since I’ve had my water analyzed and started treating it, my lighter beers have really been turning out great. As evidenced by the quickly disappearing Zombie Dust clone I made. Followed up by the Heady clone I made and forgot to write about.
But what to make?
When I visited my in-laws this past winter the wife and I made a stop over at Lone Pint in Magnolia, TX. They make a semi-highly rated IPA. I decided I would like to take a stab at it. But I didn’t have any Mosaic, which is the hop they use. I’ve got a ton of Citra that I love. It’s what helped empty the Zombie keg so quickly. I’ll use it. I know it won’t be the same, but I’ll pick some Mosaic up and try it for real some time soon. And if you’ve never had Yellow Rose I suggest you try it. It’s very delicious.
This brew day I decided to dust off the Alpha Ruby. I wasn’t planning on making more than a five gallon batch so I decided to see if the Ruby could handle a small batch. The miniscule amount of grains in the mash tun looked ridiculous. I’m sure my extraction came in a bit too low, just around 70%, because of it. But I brewed this batch and a Westvleteren 12 clone on the same day. It went pretty good. Only issue was the higher boil off rate, and the lower extraction.
Here is the recipe, from the excellent site malt.io, in widget form. Following that – pictures!