Tuesday 12 January 2021

Citra SMaSH Recipe (All-Grain)

This is my first all-grain brew - so I've decided to go with something very simple for my first brewing attempt on my new 35L BrewZilla

A SMaSH beer is an acronym for Single MAlt and Single Hop - which makes the recipe very straightforward. For the malt, I'll be using pale malt, and for the hop I'll be using one of my personal favourites, citra.

Batch Number: 11

Batch Volume: 25L

Fermentables: 5kg Brewers Malt (2-Row Briess)

Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.042
Original Gravity: 1.047

Hop Schedule:
12g Citra (14.1%) - 60 mins
25g Citra (14.1%) - 10 mins
15g Citra (14.1%) - 5 mins
35g Citra (14.1%) - Dry Hop (3 days prior to bottling)

Yeast: US05

Mash Water: 21.75L
Sparge Water: 11.25L

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Moving to All-Grain Brewing

 Moving to All-Grain Brewing

After several home brew batches using extract only, and some partial mashes - I decided it was time to take the next step in my homebrewing journey and dive into all-grain brewing.

Getting into all-grain can be quite dauting - but I felt I had a reasonably sound knowledge in terms of brewing practice - I was already doing partial boils with some grains, so changing this from a partial to a full mash didn't seem like a huge leap - so long as I had the right equipment to do so.

Enter the BrewZilla - formerly known as the Robobrew. An all-in-one brewing vessel specially designed as an entry level unit to get people into all-grain homebrewing.

It comes in a 35L and a 65L version - I've gone with the 35L version as I just don't need to make batches as big as 65L

The Brewzilla has some excellent features - a programmable display for "step mashing", 2 heating elements, 1 x 1900W and 1 x 500W, a recirculation pump as well as a tap. It also comes with an immersion chiller which is really a must-have in order to cool a batch size this large in a reasonable amount of time.

At the time of writing, I've done only a single brew with the BrewZilla - and the difference in flavour between this and extract brewing truly is night and day - there is just no comparison.

So moving forward, my recipes will now be all-grain and am very much looking forward to future batches being made on my BrewZilla!

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