Citra / Munich SMaSH – Citra Bomb From Hell?

EDIT 2: After some discussion on beer advocate homebrew forum, I’m going to UP the citra to EVEN MOAR.  So this recipe will be different than when I first published it.  Slightly edited hops schedule again.  This is the final version that is actually in the fermenter right now.  Toned back just a touch on the extreme overkill so I could have reasonable quantities of my pound of citra leftover, and available for other beers.  I can probably get two more pretty citra beers from what’s left, or perhaps two pale-ale strength brews.    I’m not super crazed over citra, and this will probably be the largest citra addition I’ll use in a beer.  Beyond this one, I’ll probably choose a more balanced hop approach.  This one is intended to be off-balance tho, heavy on the hops, and heavy on the citra.  I just want to see what a super citra-bomb tastes like!   Anyway, enough of the edit, here’s the original post, modified to fit the actual recipe…

Gonna make a SMaSH with Munich malt again, this time with citra hops.  And yes, I’m going to hop the living hell out of it, knowing that I’ll probably create a citra bomb from hell!  Everybody has to over-do it at least once in their lifetime with citra hops, right?  So let’s just do it and see what happens!  I know I will drink every last one, no matter how citra it comes out.  It will technically not be a perfect smash beer, because I’ll use a tiny bit of Belma as the 60 minute bittering charge.  Also, I don’t really think this is over-doing it on the citra, but we shall find out just how wrong I am in a month or so.

  • 12 lbs Munich
  • S-04/US-05 yeast (50/50 mix)
  • 0.5 oz Belma at 60
  • 1 oz citra at 15
  • 1 oz citra at 10
  • 1 oz citra at 5
  • 1.5 oz citra at FO, then cool to 170F and let stand 15 minutes
  • 1.5 oz citra after 15 minute hop stand, while wort is still hot,  let stand another 15 minutes
  • 2 oz citra DH
  • 1.061 OG
  • 47  IBU
  • 12 SRM
  • 6.4% ABV
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  • alcaponejunior  On September 3, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Popped the first test bottle, WOW!! It’s pungent, aromatic, and flavorful, but I can’t say that it’s really “from hell.” It’s damn delicious in fact, and in no way do I think this level of citra is “overdoing it.” I’d brew it again, as-as, at least that’s my first impression!

  • thebuddster  On September 21, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Hey! Found your blog while I was searching for info on SMASH brews. This Citra one sounds nice. I’m about to do my first SMASH, and 4th brew ever, but I want to use Amarillo and Cascade hops. Do you think they would work well with a single Munich grain bill?

    • alcaponejunior  On September 21, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      I don’t see any reason why amarillo and cascade would be anything less than fabulous together. I would not go overboard on the bitterness, but add plenty of late hops. The exact recipe won’t matter that much as long as your fundamentals are solid. If you’re going to dry hop, save some of that amarillo for then!

      • thebuddster  On September 23, 2014 at 12:37 am

        I’ll probably going to do a FWH then hold off the rest of the hops until about the 15 minute mark and then dry hop. Thanks! 🙂


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