2018-10-15

2A - Internation Pale Lager - Sapporo SMaSH

BJCP Style: 2A - International Pale Lager

SMaSH brew made with 100% Pale malt and Sorachi Ace hops. Similar to Sapporo but with a bit more hop character.

Sorachi Ace is a Japanese hop variety invented by Dr. Yoshitada Mori, while working for Sapporo Breweries in the late 70s and released in 1984. Sapporo didn’t use it much because they thought it was too weird. This isn't so much a Sapporo clone as a Sorachi Ace test beer which attributes the creation to Sapporo and Dr. Mori.

Full recipe is on BrewersFriend but here's the TL;DR
  • Brewday: 2018-10-13 (brew 3 of 3)
  • Malt: American Pale (2-row)
  • Hop: Sorachi Ace
  • Yeast: SafLager W34/70
  • OG: 1.043, FG: 1.008, ABV: 4.6%
  • Kegged: 2018-11-09
Grains in the mill...

Crush

Mash temp

Brew session beer. Solid Schwarzbier from Fiction Brewing. 

Sorachi Ace hops. 14g at FWH, 48 at 5 minutes.

Late hops in. Ready to chill. 

Floor Manager Steve inspecting the work

Into the fermenter

Wort sample

OG lower than expected but ok. brix worked out to 1.043

And away we go

2018-11-5 (+23): cold crashed at +19, added gelatin around +22. Waiting for a keg to kick...

2018-11-9 (+27): into the keg

2018-11-10 (+28): carbonated sample with label. Tasting nice and clean already, makes a great kellerbier. With the gelatin in there it should clear up in a week or 2.

2018-11-18 (+36): full pour. mostly clear. tasting nice. German pilsnery. Sharp but clean bitterness. Hops are prominent but not too "weird." Solid and smashable pils!

2018-12-15 (+62): Last pour from a can I saved while it was on tap. Tasting amazing and I'm looking forward to making this again.