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Stoked. My own recipe!

I just bottled a test batch of a SMaSH of my own I tried out in order to start getting a feel for what the various ingredients bring to my beer. I am very happy with my Citrocious Hop Water. My sample from the fermentor was exactly what I had hoped for, and I plan on cooking a 5 gallon batch tomorrow, with a few tweaks.

Kettle vol: 1.25 gal
Fermentor: 1 gal
Boil time: 30 minutes

30 minutes:

  • 1.5 lbs Pilsner DME
  • 0.1 oz. (2.8 g) Citra

15 Minutes:

  • 0.1 oz. (2.8 g) Citra

5 minutes:

  • 0.1 oz. (2.8 g) Citra


  • 5.75 g (1/2 packet) Safale US-05

Dry hop ~10 days after pitching

  • 0.1 oz. (2.8 g) Citra

~ 3 weeks

Dry Hop ~10 days after pitching

No gravity readings taken, since batch is so small. Tasty Brew predicted OG of 1.068 and FG of 1.017. I will measure these in the large batch, however.

I’ve made a habit of brewing a very simple pale ale every 2-3 batches or so. I use a different base malt and/or a different hop with each new batch. I’m doing the same as you, trying to get a good sense of what I’m putting in my beer. I’ve learned a lot about different base malts and hops over the last 6 months or so.

That sounds like a good plan.

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