Learn to Homebrew Day Recipe - Your First SMaSH Ale


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The following recipe was originally featured in the article Small Batch Brewing by Dan Jablow (Jan/Feb 2023 Zymurgy magazine).

Heres the full recipe for my SMaSH ale, which I still brew frequently to experiment with new hops, yeast, malt, or brewing processes. I typically use a two-row pale malt.

This recipe is designed with the novice brewer in mind, so Ive skipped some key steps here, including water chemistry adjustments and gravity readings. These can certainly help you make great beer, but a good understanding of techniques, process, and gaining comfort with your brewing setup are much more important as you get started.

Bitterness will vary with the hops you select. Consider starting with a variety that offers moderate alpha acids, such as Cascade, to establish a baseline. The next time you brew, you can try a higher- or lower-alpha hop for more or less bitterness.

The Beer & Wine Hobby version of this kit offers 3oz of Galaxy, Apollo, Triumph, Zythos, or Pepite hops. All are at around 15% Alpha Acid. You can also choose to add your own hops, but be aware of the Alpha Acid differnce.



Local 4 Star Farms Triumph - bright mandarin orange and pineapple

Local 4 Star Farms Pepite - Strong sticky tropical fruit


Every kit is given Safale US-05 as the yeast option.

Style: 18B - American Pale Ale

Fermentation Temp: 65 - 69F

ABV: 5.3%

Your craft brew kit includes grains, hops, priming sugar, irish moss, and a recipe instruction sheet included.



All of our Beer and Wine Hobby craft brewing kits are proven quality brews. They are pre-packaged and pre-measured complete with instructions ready for use. All kits yield 5 gallons. Kits are available with either Ready to Pitch Liquid Yeast for your ease and convenience or Dry Yeast which you may prefer in the summer months because it ships well.

For over 40 years Beer & Wine Hobby has been on the forefront of homebrewing. Each of our beer kits has been meticulously designed by our staff of experienced in-house brewers with the singular goal of helping you to create the best craft beers possible.  

Our recipe kits are created daily for freshness and have all the grains, hops, and yeast needed for you to make these amazing styles at home. Plus, call our store to get your questions answered by our knowledgeable staff.

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