I'd like to brew a smoked porter that calls for three pounds of rauch malt. It also calls for British pale malt as the base, and 1 pound of Munich malt.
Instead of buying the rauch malt, I'd like to smoke my own grain at home. Would you just use 3 more pounds of the Brit pale and smoke that? Or can I just smoke some of the bulk two row I have here? The Weyerman rauch is listed at 1.7-2.8 Lovibond, so I'm thinking that using the two row might be ok?
I plan on smoking in an electric smoker(big chief) for a couple of hours after soaking the grain in water. Any tips of wood to smoke with? I have cherry, apple, hickory, and alder that I can use with that smoker. I have maple, oak, peach, apple, hickory and others that I use in my other smokers. I know that rauch malt is typically smoked with beech wood, but I'm thinking maybe alder might be a good substitute?