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Old 03-13-2013, 02:22 AM   #11
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I boiled some of the hickory (hopefully it will still hold some of it's flavor) then tossed them onto the grill on the grate while still soaked and hot, over some smoking hickory chunks. let them sit on there for about two hours, then tossed them into the secondary with my brew. I left a few out just to see how well they maintained the aroma and they're still smelling strong. Will let update on flavor once beers complete. Thanks

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Old 04-19-2013, 05:43 PM   #12
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Wishing I would have done my homework before hand. From the hydrometer sample I just tasted I can say that 2lbs. of weyermann smoked malt adds zero smoke character to a five gallon batch. Fine excuse to try again soon, i've been itching to fire up my smoker anyway.

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Old 04-19-2013, 06:23 PM   #13
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If you want to add smoked wood flavor there's only 3 ways to do it I can think of.

1. A drop or two of liquid smoke in the secondary.

2. Condition some base malt (get it very damp) and then smoke it dry. Add to your mash as usual.

3. Get some charred hickory chips, dip in vodka to sterilize and add to the secondary.

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Old 04-19-2013, 07:00 PM   #14
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If you're looking for hickory smoked flavor, why not try AHS's hickory smoked malt?

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/product_info.php?products_id=13525&osCsid=9c77afa7 28149ae2823335538aa44230

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Old 04-20-2013, 09:07 PM   #15
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Ok,here's something I continually have to bring up with regard to these wood chip/smoke flavor threads. Use the hickory wood,yeah maybe soak it in something nutral like vodka or grain alcohol in an airtight container in the fridge during primary. Pour it all through/into a hop sock,tie it off,& drop it into secondary. I mean liquid from them in secondary & the chips in a bag.
I don't relish the thought of splinters hitting my tonsils at 100mph!
The thing is,the liquid will soak the resins out of the wood. toss the liquid & guess what? There went your wood flavors. That's why I dump in liquid,chips & all. The flavor 9of the wod goes out into the liquid. Any flavor in the liquid goes into the wood. So it's a kind of symbiosis.
Ever soak wood chips in water for the bbq & see the water turn brown if they sit in it too long? That's the wood flavor goin by by. Use the liquid too.

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Old 04-21-2013, 03:50 PM   #16
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^ thanks for the info, never thought about that. Same as making your own vanilla extract.

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Old 04-25-2013, 08:16 PM   #17
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Go old school with the stein bier method and smoke some granite rocks on a hickory fire for a few hours or until they are extremely hot and add them to your kettle right before you sparge.
One of the brewing magazines just add an article on this method. It warned about the risk of rocks exploding from the heat. Is granite a safe one to use?
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Yes, from what I read on this technique is that granite is one of the best to use because its so hard. I used it with my beer and it was just fine. The precautions I read about this was to not use any rock that is from a river or sitting in water as those will explode when the water inside of them starts to steam.

Mammoth brewing co near me did a beer like this using lava rock and they also didn't have any issues. Just be careful with what rocks you choose and if you are unsure of what rocks to use, go with granite. Heat them up for awhile until they are extremely hot then just put them into your empty kettle and start your sparge. This worked out awesome for me and I am going to try it in a APA next time.

Also, think about what wood you want to use. The OP in this thread wanted a hickory flavor, thats way I suggested that wood. I used oak with a bit of apple wood. Just use whatever wood that you want to impart the flavor of and dont be scared of the ash and smoke buildup on the rocks. I just threw them in black with ash and all.

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You can steam the chips instead of boiling them to sanitize. That will not deplete their flavor as much.

+1 about using only a small amount of liquid smoke. That stuff is highly, highly concentrated and powerful. Just a couple drops will do it.

Smoking the grains in an actual smoker sounds like a cool idea also.

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