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Old 05-14-2010, 03:28 AM   #1
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Default Using a grill to roast your grains

Just a little background here- being a gluten free brewer I obviously can't get any specialty grains and have to malt/roast them myself.

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Has anyone ever used their grill to roast some grains? My living situation has changed and I don't think my girlfriends family would appreciate the smell of the roasted grains.

I am thinking that I can put these on a piece of aluminum foil or get a cheap tray that will fit in my grill to use for this purpose. My grill has a thermometer on it so I would be able to monitor the temperature...

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Old 05-14-2010, 03:46 AM   #2
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you would have to be really careful of hot spots.

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I tried smoking my grains (not in a zigzag smartasses) and after a bit they started popping like popcorn. So, in my experience, the grill was a dud.

But, by all means, give it a try. You might consider wetting them first. Look up on the brewing wiki how to do this.

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Well, I guess with a 5 gallon bucket full of grains I have room to experiment here. Maybe I'll fire it up this weekend and see what happens.

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Yeah, use the tray method to distribute the heat. And make sure if you have more than a single layer to move them around to share the love. Although you won't have 100% of them being the same grade, unless you do small batches on the pan, then each batch will be different, but closer to the same as a big clump trying to roast.

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You have to wear a smoking jacket to do it properly

Boerderij_Kabouter did a thread on smoking your own grains

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Maybe you could use a rotisserie attachment with a metal coffee can to roast them.

I'd love to give this a shot, but my nice grill finally bit it and I am now stuck with a POS that will collapse if I put too much meat on it (it was free tho).

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My grill is able to hold pretty even temps, so depending on your grill it could work well. As to the odor, the smell of roasting grain should be pleasing to most people as long as you don't burn it. What's the worst that can happen? Kick you out.

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I am thinking that I can put these on a piece of aluminum foil or get a cheap tray that will fit in my grill to use for this purpose. My grill has a thermometer on it so I would be able to monitor the temperature...
I would just make sure to continue monitoring the temperature and not walk away. Ovens temps can vary 50F+, but a BBQ can easily change by 200F+ if you walk away for a couple minutes. I would also see if you could elevate it off the bottom by an inch or two to minimize direct heat.
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This: http://www.coffeeroastersclub.com/coffee_roaster_drum_for_your_barbecue_-_standard_model_-_gen2_design Would be perfect, although it is a bit pricey. (Gleaned from my home malting thread originally posted by P-lay)

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