Vienna Saaz SMaSH

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  1. Jan 10, 2019 #1

    HarryFlatters

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    Mornin' all...

    I'm planning to brew a Vienna Saaz SMaSH as my next brew but I want to run a few things past you...

    Bitterness - as Saaz is a Czech hop, I'm planning to bitter as I would for a Bohemian lager, so 35ish IBUs. However, I might bring that down because the FG is coming out as lower than the style, so might give the impression of a more bitter, dryer beer?

    Yeast - Bohemian lager or S-05 ale yeast?

    Am I thinking about it too much?

    Any advice welcome.
     
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    Yeast wise, if you are able to use proper temperature control and have had a good read up on the best ways to ferment a lager then go for the lager yeast (I’ve never done a lager but IIRC you might need 2 packs of dried yeast).

    Otherwise go for a clean neutral yeast. I have a pseudo lager (a Propino / Herbrucker SMaSH) on the go at the moment with Mangrove Jacks M54 which is a steam beer yeast.
     
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    Hi Mick,

    I don't have temperature control per se, however I do have a garage and I live near Edinburgh, so it's been <10°C since before Christmas.

    I have a rarely used fridge in the garage which I intend to use for lagering as it's very cold indeed.

    I currently have a Marzen type beer fermenting in the garage, so I might use a lager yeast and then properly lager it after.
     
  4. Jan 13, 2019 #4

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    I have done a vienna saaz SMASH and it was rather nice. Get some MJ bohemian yeast, at least 2 packs.
     
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    You can make a good lager with just one packet of yeast and sound temp control. I haven't noticed a difference with one pack vs two.
     
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    Sounds grand, lads. Thanks :)

    I'll try one packet of bohemian lager yeast, but I'll maybe re-hydrate it in advance.
     

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