Galactic SMaSH

Inspired by this post in /r/Homebrewing, I bought some Galaxy hops. This year’s Galaxy crop was reduced due to tough weather conditions in Australia this year. I wanted to get some Galaxy hops while they were available and I’ve never had a beer with these hops before. I decided to brew something that would make them standout so I could really learn the flavor.

Time to brew a SMaSH (Single Malt and Single Hop) ale!

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Steam Beer

Steam Beer – A California Legacy

I’ve been reading quite a bit about more historical styles. Styles that historically were popular, but now aren’t brewed commercially, or don’t have very many commercial examples. One such example is the California Common, aka, Steam Beer. The BJCP has narrowly defined the style around one commercial example, Anchor Steam.

This is my first attempt at brewing a steam beer. I chose to brew this style as it just seemed to fit the conditions of my basement perfectly. I don’t have an easy way to control fermentation temperature, and my basement in the winter sits right around 58°F-62°F. Perfect for a steam beer.

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