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Old 11-14-2009, 01:33 AM   #1
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I've been building smokers/smokehouses and smoking/bbqing meat way longer than making beer. I really like smoked porters and want to smoke my own grain. Anyone have any information on doing any of this? Anyone incorporate smoke into anything else? I think there are a lot of beers that might be good with a slight smoke taste.

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Old 11-14-2009, 02:02 AM   #2
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I haven't done it yet but will be soon. My plan is to smoke as cool as I can, spritzing the grains periodically with water to keep them moist but not wet and turning the grains once in a while. I plan to use Alder. Others report using pear, apple, cherry, beechwood, etc... Not hickory. Too harsh & tastes like bacon. Not sure why that's bad but ??? Beers to smoke? I'm planning a Porter & will smoke 1/2 the base grains. Weizenbock is another one. Hopefully others will pipe in with more spscific info.

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I haven't done it yet but will be soon. My plan is to smoke as cool as I can, spritzing the grains periodically with water to keep them moist but not wet and turning the grains once in a while. I plan to use Alder. Others report using pear, apple, cherry, beechwood, etc... Not hickory. Too harsh & tastes like bacon. Not sure why that's bad but ??? Beers to smoke? I'm planning a Porter & will smoke 1/2 the base grains. Weizenbock is another one. Hopefully others will pipe in with more spscific info.
what type of smoker?
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Old 11-14-2009, 02:51 AM   #4
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I'm going to use a Coleman gas smoker. My biggest concern is the heat. I can usually keep is fairly low & I'll have a spray bottle handy JIC the chips flare up. If you have a way to use cold/cool smoke that's the best way to go from what I understand.

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Cold smoking is alot easier than you think. Do you have a thermometer? Big big help if you don't.

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Sure, I have a thermometer. The smoker is a cylinder shape with about a foot and a half distance from flame to grain. I have a pan I'll place over the flame to difuse it some.

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The biggest problem I have with smoking grains is keeping them from falling out of the rolling paper....

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The biggest problem I have with smoking grains is keeping them from falling out of the rolling paper....
That's a classic!!!!
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The biggest problem I have with smoking grains is keeping them from falling out of the rolling paper....
I was going to say "Are we talking spent grains here? Do you have to dry them first to keep 'em lit?"
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The biggest problem I have with smoking grains is keeping them from falling out of the rolling paper....

Denny, you use a pipe. Gotta teach you young dudes everything. Yeah I know brother, you're only 2 years younger than me but it was rough times back in the sixties and sometimes we forget.
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