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Buzzcrafters SMaSH Pale Ale

120 calories 10.1 g 12 oz
Beer Stats
Method: All Grain
Style: Special/Best/Premium Bitter
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 5.5 gallons (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 7 gallons
Pre Boil Gravity: 1.029 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 67% (brew house)
Calories: 120 calories (Per 12oz)
Carbs: 10.1 g (Per 12oz)
Created: Sunday July 1st 2018
Amount Fermentable Cost PPG °L Bill %
8 lb United Kingdom - Optic8 lb Optic 38 2.1 100%
8 lbs / 0.00
Amount Variety Cost Type AA Use Time IBU Bill %
1 oz Challenger1 oz Challenger Hops Pellet 7.8 First Wort 0 min 35.77 33.3%
1 oz Challenger1 oz Challenger Hops Pellet 7.8 Boil 15 min 16.14 33.3%
1 oz Challenger1 oz Challenger Hops Pellet 7.8 Aroma 0 min 33.3%
3 oz / 0.00
Mash Guidelines
Amount Description Type Start Temp Target Temp Time
12 qt Infusion -- 148 °F --
Starting Mash Thickness: 1.5 qt/lb
Fermentis - Safale - American Ale Yeast US-05
1 Each
Attenuation (avg):
Optimum Temp:
54 - 77 °F
Fermentation Temp:
66 °F
Pitch Rate:
0.00 Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator
Target Water Profile
Burton on Trent (historic)
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
270 41 113 85 720 270
10 g gypsum, 4 g table salt in the mash

1 tsp. Irish moss and 1 tsp. yeast nutrient added to boil
Mash Chemistry and Brewing Water Calculator

trying some unfamiliar ingredients on a style from the 1870s

"A floor-malted barley malt from a single barley variety (Optic), and produced by a centuries-old, family-owned maltster (Fawcett). Optic is another malt considered to be one of the last of the traditional English Pale malt varieties still produced in the UK. Adds a degree of biscuit flavor. Brighter and lighter in flavor than Pearl, a great malt for the production of Real Ales."

"Most widely used for their aromatic properties, UK Challenger hops can act as a bittering agent in your brew, as well. These hops make a great choice for early and late kettle additions, that contribute a spicy, woodsy cedar, and green tea character to any type of Ale. You can also get crisp fruity notes with late kettle additions. This is a granddaughter of Northern Brewer, with lineage also including Target and Northdown.
Hop Statistics:
Alpha Acids: 6.5 – 9.0%
Beta Acids: 3.2 – 4.2%
Alpha-Beta Ratio: 1.5 – 2.8
Cohumulone: (% of alpha acids): 20 – 25%
Total Oils in mls per 100 grams dried: 1.0 – 1.5
Storage(% alpha acids remaining after 6 months storage at 68° F): 70 - 85%
Similar Hop Varieties: Perle, Northern Brewer"

starter: 3 oz. dry malt in 1500 ml water with a touch of yeast nutrient and a few hop pellets

I'm counting on some darkening from the boil, but even if it stays golden, it represents my understanding of 1870's pale ales.

brewed Saturday, July 7
pre-boil gravity = 1.030
O.G. = 1.037
I added a packet of dry US-05 yeast to the starter just before pitching at 11:30 am
three frozen water bottles in the bag with the fermenter
1:20 pm - 74

maintained fermentation temperature between e at 62° and 64° for four days, then allowed temp to gradually rise to 70°F.

racked on Saturday, July 14 - yeast had dropped and formed a chunky mass at the bottom the Speidel fermenter.

bottled on Saturday, July 21
tastes spicy, very pale yellow color
FG = 1.005
5.1% ABV
Yield: 53 bottles
purple crowns

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