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.
If I develop an all grain version of Red Smoke, I will share!
How did this taste?
I thought this beer was awesome. I eventually brewed an all grain version and will post that soon
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.
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.
Nothing unfortunate about that! Best of luck with both beers.
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