This year I'm going to venture off into making some radically different beers. Starting with a variety of smoked beers, maybe a smoked cider and a smoked mead. Sounds out there, like who the hell would smoke cider or mead, but I got a new cooking gadget for x-mas that is still unused. Beer is coming to mind before food. (Been eating out too much lately)
This is a smoking gun made for smoking food and drink in the kitchen. I plan to try using this in a non-traditional sense first before smoking wet two-row or 6-row. The thought is to try multiple smoke varieties on a base beer like an amber wheat or helles.
The process I envision is starting off by smoking just pint glasses then filling them to find out how it fits with the beer. All you need is a empty glass to smoke, pinch of wood chips, a lighter and the gun. Obviously, a 12oz beer worthy of drinking in a smoked glass.
This could lead to smoking a freshly sanitized keg or carboy.
The smoke types I have readily available; (They come in shavings from Polyscience)
You can smoke spices too; (Anything that will burn)
- Black Pepper - Any Pale Ales or Wheat
- Rosemary - Any Pale Ales
- Coriander - Wheat Beer
- HOPS - Not sure yet.
- Vanilla Beans - Cider, Mead or Dark Ales
- Coffee Beans - Stouts & Porters
- Chai Tea - Mead or Wheat Beer
- Cinnamon - Cider
I'm thinking I can use my malt liquor first to start smoking. Its very low hopped and it has a reddish maltyness from roasted barley.
I'm excited about trying the traditional smokes, but black pepper and rosemary and coffee sound intriguing. Hops sound kind of crazy but taste is 90% smell. If the smell of burning hops is not bad, then maybe.... it would be kind of cool to have a beer that been smoked with hops. Its novelty of it sharing it with fellow homebrewers who have a WTF look in their eyes...
The good thing if all else fails I'm only going to waste one 12oz beer on any wild idea.
BTW - I saw a video on this website above where some guy used a piece of cuban cigar to smoke chicken... Get your cigar cutter out ....
There are also videos on You tube on smoking whiskey with this thing. Some guy is smoking a half gallon with hickory or mesquite out of a glass milk jug.
Thoughts and comments welcome. I will post my results and tasting notes after new years...