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42 SMaSH Pale Ale

Brewed: 11/25/2012   Kegged: 12/06/2012 42.JPG

I figured before I turn 43, I should brew a beer called 42. 42, as I am sure you know, is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything. The question itself may not be known, but it would be irresponsible for me to let the 42nd year of my life pass without brewing a beer that at least acknowledges what an important milestone this year has been.

When I started thinking about a recipe worthy of the name "42", I originally was thinking something along the lines of Quarter Life Crisis or Eric the Awful or even Pompously Illegitimate. You know, something hoppy but with more color and malt complexity than an IPA. But, then, I have done hoppy imperial (and not-so-imperial) reds before. I guess I could have added more color to get it blackish, but then I have also done black ipas.

One thing I had been thinking about brewing for awhile, though, is a SMaSH beer. SMaSH stands for single malt, single hop, and (as the name suggests) is a beer whose recipe only has one malt and one type of hop. I thought that the simplicity of the beer parallels the simple answer 42 for the ultimate question.

I decided to make it a relatively low ABV session beer. I wanted it hoppy, shooting for 42 IBUs. Maris Otter seemed to be the right choice of malts as I have used it as a base malt before and really like the results.

It does taste awesome. It is very hoppy tasting but the Maris Otter comes through nicely as well. It is a clean refreshing sessionable beer. Very nice to drink.

For more information about this beer on my blog, see

42 SMaSH --- Batch 1

American Pale Ale
Batch Size
5.50 gal
All Grain
Boil Size
7.76 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency
Boil Time
90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity
1.052 SG
Estimated FG
1.014 SG
Recipe Bitterness
41.7 IBUs (Rager)
Alcohol by Volume
4.9 %

Recipe Color
4.4 SRM

Measured OG:

Measured FG:

Measured ABV:


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
10 lbs Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 1 100.0 %
0.75 oz Centennial [9.70 %] - First Wort 90.0 min Hop 2 31.3 IBUs
0.50 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 3 -
0.50 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 mins) Fining 4 -
0.75 oz Centennial [9.70 %] - Boil 7.0 min Hop 5 5.7 IBUs
0.75 oz Centennial [9.70 %] - Boil 1.0 min Hop 6 4.7 IBUs
1.0 pkg Nottingham (Danstar #-) [23.66 ml] Yeast 7 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 12.50 qt of water at 168.2 F 156.0 F 45 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.95gal, 3.88gal) of 168.0 F water
Recipe Notes

Brewing Record

Brew Date:

Strike Temp:

Mash Temps:

Pre-boil OG
1.031 (1.042 SG)
Pre-boil Vol
8 (7.76 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency

Pitch Temp

Day 1: 60 active by the end of the day
Day 2: 62
Day ...

Brewing Notes:
11/27/2012 esheppy
Brewed Sunday (see 42 SMASH on my blog). Fermentation has been going well. Added at blow-off tube tonight.
11/29/2012 esheppy
Took blow-off tube back out last night. This morning, the airlock has calmed down quite a bit. Fermentation is mostly done.
12/01/2012 esheppy
Took a gravity reading. 1.014, which puts this right at 5% ABV. This is right where I like it. It is a nice clean tasting beer. It taste drier than 1.014.
12/06/2012 esheppy
Kegged. FG exactly where it was going into secondary. Sample tasted wonderful.
12/28/2012 esheppy
The Beer Model seems to like this beer. This is a surprise as hoppy as this beer is. It is tasting really good tonight.
01/03/2013 esheppy
I just noticed that the beer is incredibly clear tonight ... much clearer than the image shows. Might have to take another picture for the web page.
01/09/2013 esheppy
The Beer Model finished the keg before I could take that picture. Oh well.
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