Batch #17: Don’t Give a **** SMaSH Ale

First off – before you ask – let me explain the name.

I brewed this beer a week after batch #16, both at brew days away from home. For this second beer, I wanted to brew a batch that would be simple and quick to brew – unlike #16 which took most of my Saturday the previous week.

What’s easier to brew than a BIAB SMaSH ale? Well… not much. That’s probably why I was the first one to finish my brew day at Cajun Cafe’s Brewer’s Day.

Don't Give a **** Session Ale

Don’t Give a **** SMaSH Ale

Brew date: 8/2/14
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 4 gal
Actual OG: 1.043
Conversion Efficiency: 71%
Estimated FG: 1.011
Estimated ABV: 4.07%

Fermentables (% of GUs contributed):

100% 2-Row (6.667 lb)


0.5 oz. – Cascade – whole, AA: 9% (15 min)
0.5 oz. – Amarillo – whole, AA: 9% (15 min)
0.5 oz. – Cascade – whole, AA: 9% (5 min)
0.5 oz. -Amarillo – whole, AA: 9% (5 min)


Pinch of Irish Moss




Mash at 154F for 60 minutes. Mash out, lauter, and batch sparge to collect about 5 gallons of wort. Boil for 60 minutes. Cool and pitch yeast and ferment at optimum temperature (72F) for two to four weeks.  Bottle or keg condition, and enjoy while fresh.

Taste Notes

Very drinkable, but this did not age well. This was certainly a beer that was better served fresh.

Oxidation was darkening the beer over time, so the beer in the main picture is not a good representation of the color. Most were a lighter golden color.

I loved the hop profile, but it need more bitterness. Next time, I’d like to do a bittering addition to round off the flavors. This was an excellent “lawn mower” beer. At session strength, this beer was a pounder, for sure!

Expect to see this again soon!

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