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Single-Malt, Single-Hop IPA (For Beginning Homebrewers)

[Photograph: Jonathan Moxey]

For this SMaSH (Single Malt and Single Hop) beer, I chose Mosaic hops, the daughter of American IPA hop stalwart Simcoe. Mosaic hops only became commercially available following the fall 2012 harvest, but they're already picking up steam among home and craft brewers for creating an array of flavors and aromas that have been said to include cedar, stone fruit, tropical fruit, blueberry, and floral notes. To round things out, I paired the Mosaic hops with the sweet, clean Golden Promise pale malt. Think of it as a Scottish equivalent to Maris Otter pale malt.

If you want to switch out the hops, you can figure out the amount to substitute using homebrew bitterness units (HBUs). HBUs are calculated by multiplying the weight of each hop addition by the percentage of alpha acids (AAs). For example, this recipe has a 12.3 HBU first wort hop addition (1 ounce x 12.3% AA). If you wanted to use, say, Centennial hops with 10% AA, you would need to add 1.23 ounces (1.23 ounces x 10% AA = 12.3 HBUs). This is also useful if the hops your homebrew store carries have a different AA percentage than what your recipe specifies.

One caveat: If you're using a hop with a lower percentage of alpha acids (say, 5% to 6% or below), you might want to consider using a hop like Magnum or Warrior for the bittering addition to limit the amount of vegetal mass in the kettle. Using a low alpha acid hop like Strisselspalt for a bittering addition is likely to result in a beer that just tastes like your lawn.

Original Gravity: 1.065
Final Gravity: 1.014
ABV: 6.7%
Bitterness: 66 IBUs
Color: 4 SRM (gold)

About the Author: Jonathan Moxey makes wort and writes about beer. He's a BJCP certified beer judge and Cicerone Certified Beer Server in St. Louis. Find him on Twitter at @jonathanmoxey.

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