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Old 02-18-2013, 03:35 PM   #1
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I Am looking to add some smoke flavor to a dunkel wiese extract kit. Should I use liquid smoke or just add some smoked malt to the boil? Also I want to oak it during second fermentation, any suggestions of wood?

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Old 02-18-2013, 08:24 PM   #2
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You don't want to use liquid smoke. Try to find a smoked carmel malt to steep before the boil. I've only seen smoked base malts which need mashing but I would imagine there is a smoked crystal malt out there somewhere. If not, you could always get some light crystal and smoke it yourself.

Oak is what you want to use. Most homebrew shops have chunks or chips. There is more contact area on chips so you only want to soak those for a week or two. Chunks can go 2-3 months and add a bit more complexity than chips. Good luck.

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You don't want to use liquid smoke. Try to find a smoked carmel malt to steep before the boil. I've only seen smoked base malts which need mashing but I would imagine there is a smoked crystal malt out there somewhere. If not, you could always get some light crystal and smoke it yourself.

Oak is what you want to use. Most homebrew shops have chunks or chips. There is more contact area on chips so you only want to soak those for a week or two. Chunks can go 2-3 months and add a bit more complexity than chips. Good luck.
You are thinking in the right direction, but while the smoked malt will not convert, the smoke would still be imparted.

He could smoke any of the malt that he is already using.

NO LIQUID SMOKE!!!!!!
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...or just add some smoked malt to the boil?
I should also add that you don't want to boil any malted grain. You will want to crush it and steep it in a grain bag at about 150* for a half hour or so before you add your extracts.
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Great ideas, was also thinking about smoking the malts that came with the kit but they are already ground up. Can I still smoke them? Anyway I got a pound of smoked malt and a pound of smoked wheat and was thinking about doing 50/50 with the other grains from the kit, what do you think? Thanks for your input.

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I would mash the smoked wheat.

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