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Old 10-17-2009, 02:35 AM   #1
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Default What grains can I SMaSH?

Is there a rule about which grains can and can't be used in a SMaSH? I assume some do not have the enzymes necessary to convert, but what determines that? Could I use Crystal 20L for instance? Victory? Carapils? I'm just curious.

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Victory yes, crystal or carapils, no....

A smash is one diastatic or BASE malt and one hops....so it's 2 row, 6 row, Marris Otter, Victory (though I don't think many have used it for a smash.) Vienna malt, Munich and Pilsner. That's all off the top of my head that I can think off....

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Rauchmalt....

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You only want to SMaSH with Base malts. Two Row, Vienna, Munich, Pilsner, Maris Otter etc. Not sure if Six Row is good to SMaSH with or not, probably pretty bland if you did. Most folks seems to stick to MO,Vienna & Munich because of the great Malt Character they bring. Anything Crystal or Cara aren't SMaSHable because they don't have enough diastatic power to convert their own Starches. SMaSH's are fun, and a great way to learn an individual ingredients character.

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Rauchmalt....
Really??????

It has diastatic power???????? I am speechless in contemplating the baconny goodness that would come from a rauchmalt smash...but what hops would one use?

Really???????? You can mash racumalt? I guess you could.....I've never read anythign about what the actually grain in it is...

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Really??????

It has diastatic power???????? I am speechless in contemplating the baconny goodness that would come from a rauchmalt smash...but what hops would one use?

Really???????? You can mash racumalt? I guess you could.....I've never read anythign about what the actually grain in it is...

Have you?
I think I read about this in a Zymurgy? Don't have it anymore, but I'm pretty sure Charlie Papazian used all Rauchmalt for a beer. (For some reason there was no extract version )

What about adding Alpha Amalyase in the mash? Then it would really open it up... think Special B.
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anyone try a smash with smoked malt?

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anyone try a smash with smoked malt?
No,but that made me upchuck a little
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I think I read about this in a Zymurgy? Don't have it anymore, but I'm pretty sure Charlie Papazian used all Rauchmalt for a beer. (For some reason there was no extract version )

What about adding Alpha Amalyase in the mash? Then it would really open it up... think Special B.
Yhat sorta defeats the purpose of the smashes in their pure form, but if you wanna start a sub Smash "category" then I am all for it.

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anyone try a smash with smoked malt?
Rauchmalt IS smoked malt.
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Rauchmalt IS smoked malt.
Did not know that, this brewing thing has a long learning curve.
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