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Old 05-17-2009, 07:19 PM   #1
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Default smoked malt vs peat-smoked malt

I went to my LHBS to pick up some ingredients for my first barley wine attempt. I wanted to pick up a couple ounces of peat-smoked malt (I'm a fan of a nice peaty single malt scotch as well as smoked tea - Lapsang souchong - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - so I'm not afraid of the smoky flavor).

Anyways, I did my research and was only looking for 1-2 ounces. However, they were completely out and the guy there suggested Weyermann's Smoked Malt as a replacement. Unfortunately, I didn't know anything about this malt so I went ahead and boughta couple ounces. I know I won't get the peaty touch I was looking for, but will 2 ounces of this stuff still give me a nice smoky flavor? I'm worried that it won't be enough. I'm probably not going to brew until later this week, so I could stop by another LHBS and pick up the peat-smoked stuff (though the "regular" smoked malt is crushed up with my other grains).

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Old 05-17-2009, 07:34 PM   #2
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The smoked malt you bought is much more tame than the peat smoked variant though it seems even the Weyermann's packs a punch (or they have terrible product consistency).

I brewed a batch that called for .33 lbs of smoked malt, as I was hand crushing it the smoke smell was overpowering so I cut back to .25 in a porter. For a 5 gallon batch even that amount put a distinctive smoke flavor to the beer that has, thankfully, subsided over time. I love smoked foods, but this was too much, my wife won't touch it. I can't see how anyone could brew/drink some of the recipes that use a pound or more of this malt. To me that would be like drinking carbonated Liquid Smoke. :barf:

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Smoked malt is to peak-smoked as pounds to ounces. You can use 2-3 pounds of smoked malt without over-whelming a barleywine, but 8 ounces of peat-smoked and you'll end up aging it for a year. And being happy with it three years later.

If you can't get peat-smoked, use 8-12 ounces of smoked.

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Man, guys...I'm disappointed. I'm drinking a stout right now that has 5 lbs of smoked malt (Weyermann) in 6 gallons. It's delicious.

Don't try any of the Schlenkerla beers - most are 100% rauchmalt.

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So basically it sounds like the 2 ounces I have of smoked malt ain't gonna do squat...

I think I'll pick up some peat-smoked malt if I can find it.

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