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RyanRyanRyan 01-26-2013 12:51 AM

Red Smoke (Classic Rauchbier)
Amount Item Type % or IBU

3 lbs Light Dry Extract (8.0 SRM) Dry Extract 37.5 %
2 lbs Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 25.0 %
2 lbs Smoked Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 25.0 %
1 lbs Caraaroma (130.0 SRM) Grain 12.5 %

1.25 oz Northern Brewer [10.00%] (60 min) Hops 27.2 IBU
0.25 oz Hallertauer [4.30%] (30 min) Hops 2.0 IBU
0.25 oz Hallertauer [4.30%] (15 min) Hops 1.3 IBU

Rauchbier should be 20-100% smoked malt, so i did a little more than the minimum at 25%. This would probably be better converted to an all-grain batch, but it was really good anyway.

This was the first time trying a hybrid of a partial mash and steeping specialty grains with extract, mainly so I would only have to buy one 3 lb bag of dme instead of two. I steeped the grains for an hour or so @155F. In the last 15 min, I brought them slowly back up to about 165F, emulating a step mash. I think I also sparged the grains with the ol' tea kettle.

I'm not sure if my notes are correct, but I believe the primary and secondary each took two weeks.

RyanRyanRyan 01-29-2013 02:29 AM


This was the first time trying a hybrid of a partial mash and steeping specialty grains with extract
Upon researching to find out what I have actually been doing, I've learned that I've been doing a Brew in a Bag technique with extract. So...a partial mash. I've decided to embrace an all-grain Brew in a Bag procedure and just pay more attention to to refining the mash/steep process.

If I develop an all grain version of Red Smoke, I will share!

ApothecaryBrewing 08-07-2013 07:36 PM

How did this taste?


RyanRyanRyan 12-22-2013 09:51 PM


Originally Posted by ApothecaryBrewing (Post 5414094)
How did this taste?


The only commercial rauchs I've tried had closer to %100 rauch malt and tasted like a bbq. Mine is noticeably smokey but balanced with a rich maltiness from the Munich and caraaroma.

I thought this beer was awesome. I eventually brewed an all grain version and will post that soon

RyanRyanRyan 12-22-2013 10:54 PM

Here's what I did with the all grain version:

3.5 lbs us 2 row
3 lbs Munich
3 lbs smoked malt
1 lb caraaroma
10oz honey malt

.5 oz northern brewer FWH
.5 oz northern brewer @60
.5 oz hallertauer @30
.5 oz hallertauer @15

Wyeast 2124 bohemian lager

I added some honey malt apparently. I was also experimenting with first wort hopping at the time and threw half of the bittering addition into the first wort.

This is the version that I really remember tasting and loving. I think I had almost 90% efficiency on this one, making it a 7.7 abv double rauch, if you will.

ApothecaryBrewing 12-27-2013 05:47 PM

Looks pretty tasty! I will have to give it a try some day soon. Unfortunately I just bought up 3 lbs. of hops (Mosaic, Galaxy and Amarillo) that need to be IPA'd in the near future.

RyanRyanRyan 12-27-2013 06:07 PM

Nothing unfortunate about that! Best of luck with both beers.

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