Cascade Pilsner Smash
This Smash beer is using Cascade hops and Rahr Pilsner malt. Recipe is the following
2 LBs Rahr Pilsner
.39 oz Cascade 30 mins
.29 oz Cascade 5 mins
.32 oz Dry hops (3 days)
Just like the Cascade and 2-Row I wanted to test more than just the malt and hops in this beer. Cascade is a standard hop that must people are using. It works well in a lot of styles of beers. If you are new to homebrewing this would be a good hop to start with. One thing that I wanted to test is how long does a beer take to carb up using the carb tabs. So the first set of notes are tasting this beer in the bottle for 2 weeks. If you use Beersmith you will know it wants you to age this beer for 30 days be for drinking.
Color: Looks like a 2-Row homebrew more than a light yellow color. Some chill haze.
Smell: malty hop. If you took a hop cone and some malt. Big strong hop
Taste: Very young beer, light bodied beer. Citrus lemon. Hop is very in your face young hop taste. Carbonation is very low.
Update 1 AKA Tasting 2
Steve did join me on this tasting. We I bottle beers I only have 1 fermenter out at a time.
Color: Orange in color. Lots of stuff floating in the beer
Smell: Sweet malt. We are not getting the big cascade smell we think we should get. Maybe need to change the times we add hops.
Taste: Light body some bitterness in the back of this one. Cascade taste not there. Almost taste like its over hoped. The bitterness could be grapefruit taste but I think its too much hops. Might want to up the malt bill to 2.5 LBs of grain.
Color: Honey water dark yellow
Smell: Little sweet malt piney floral
Taste: Sweet malt floral bitterness. Taste like an older beer
Overall its tasting like an old beer. Almost like it doesnt have the backbone it needs to stay fresh.