Smoking Grain - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing > Smoking Grain

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-23-2011, 07:18 PM   #1
Tepe
Recipes 
 
Aug 2009
Delanco, New Jersey
Posts: 160
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts



A friend and I want to make a smoked beer. I want to smoke my own grains as I have a large smoker.
So;
What kind of wood do I use and what temp for how long?
Should I smoke the whole grain bill or just a pound or two?
Have anyone done this before and if so could you post a 5 gallon recipe

Thanks,
Tom
__________________
All grainer and Home Winemaker
Home of the
Moon River Brewery
and
Delanco Vineyards

http://www.barleylegalhomebrewers.com/

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2011, 09:47 PM   #2
mccabedoug
Recipes 
 
Nov 2010
Douglas, MA
Posts: 175
Liked 9 Times on 4 Posts


I've smoked my own grains a few times. The beer turns out great. Here's how I do it.

To make it a Rauchbier, I smoke 6 lb of the malt on my Weber Bullet Smoker for 4 hr using 4 fist-sized chunks of oak. Oak is a fairly mild smoking wood and it's what I always have on hand. The way I do it, the smoker temp never gets above 175.

Here's my Bullet Rauchbier recipe:

4 lb Pils
4 lb Munich
1.5 lb Vienna
1 lb Crystal 20
0.5 lb Carapils
1.5 oz Tettnager (60 min)
0.75 oz Tettnanger (20 min)
0.75 lb Tettnager (2 min)
1 tsp Irish moss (15 min)

Mash at 152oF for 90 min, ferment at 48-52oF for 14 days with Saflager S-189, lager as usual.

The beer is good and smokey.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2011, 10:21 PM   #3
Tepe
Recipes 
 
Aug 2009
Delanco, New Jersey
Posts: 160
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


OK I'm confused. You say you smoke 6# yet you show 4# of Pils and 4# of Munich. You smoke 6# of what grains in your recipe?
__________________
All grainer and Home Winemaker
Home of the
Moon River Brewery
and
Delanco Vineyards

http://www.barleylegalhomebrewers.com/

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2011, 01:22 PM   #4
mccabedoug
Recipes 
 
Nov 2010
Douglas, MA
Posts: 175
Liked 9 Times on 4 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Tepe View Post
OK I'm confused. You say you smoke 6# yet you show 4# of Pils and 4# of Munich. You smoke 6# of what grains in your recipe?
When I get my grains from the LHBS I get them all combined into usually 2 -3 large ziploc bags. In this case, I weigh out 6 lb of that 11 lb of mixed grain into a couple large disposable aluminum pans with many, many holes punched in them that have both lined with wire screen. 6 - 7 lb is about all I can get into them (3 - 3.5 lb per pan). In the past I used a couple muslin bags instead but I don't think they did as good a job, smokeyness-wise.

I suppose if you have a bigger smoker and can use big and/or more pans, you could smoke more grain. I am fine with this fairly high level of smoke.

I reuse the pans and screens.

I hope that helps.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2011, 03:59 PM   #5
heckels
Recipes 
 
Jan 2011
Sioux Falls, SD
Posts: 816
Liked 65 Times on 51 Posts


I'd start easy on smoking them to ensure you don't end up too smokey. I used a lb of smoked briess (can't remember specific name offhand) in my last pm. That 1lb yielded a very smokey flavor.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2011, 04:30 PM   #6
azscoob
Brewpub coming soon!
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
azscoob's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2009
Lake in the Hills, IL
Posts: 7,455
Liked 278 Times on 211 Posts


I soak a few pounds of base malt in distilled water until it sinks, I then drain it well and put it in the smoker at 225 for 2.5 hrs or until completely dry, lately I have been using pecan wood, as I find it gives me a nice mild flavor.

I keep the malt in a vacuum bag until needed, in a typical recipe I use a pound of smoked malt and get a nice flavor without being overwhelming.
__________________
Shirts n Steins: Grain Reaper Brewing


I seem to have misplaced my trousers... ~Grainreaper

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2011, 04:34 PM   #7
azscoob
Brewpub coming soon!
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
azscoob's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2009
Lake in the Hills, IL
Posts: 7,455
Liked 278 Times on 211 Posts


Check out the recipe for my smoked RyePA. It's in the pull down recipe list below my avatar.

I used oak and mesquite for that one, but the process is the same.
__________________
Shirts n Steins: Grain Reaper Brewing


I seem to have misplaced my trousers... ~Grainreaper

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2011, 05:18 PM   #8
dunleav1
Recipes 
 
Sep 2008
Bucks County, PA
Posts: 210
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


The classic beer style series of books has a smoked beers book with many recipes and documents different smoking techniques.
It's a good read.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2011, 06:30 PM   #9
bryanjints
Recipes 
 
Jul 2009
Jersey
Posts: 182
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Something to keep in mind is to allow the grain some time to mellow out after smoking it. Smoke it a week or so before you are going to use it to keep some of the harser smoke flavors out of the beer. It would be a PITA to go through all the trouble of smoking a beer then find out it tastes like charcoal.
__________________
Olde Brick House Brewery....I live in a brick house built in 1782.

Beer is good, God is great, and people are crazy.

www.barleylegalhomebrewers.com

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2011, 09:32 PM   #10
foyboy
Recipes 
 
Nov 2010
southampton, pa
Posts: 70

Get some old metal screen and wet 1#grain for about an hour put on screen ,even out and smoke with any wood ,spray grain with spray bottle.To get technical ,,weigh dry grain ,weigh wet grain ,smoke with alder or beech till grain is dry weight.The smoke flavor comes from the water on the outside evaporating with smoke . After you are done let it sit in an open paper bag for a few days.Smoke up!

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Which malt is best for home smoking? merkinman All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 5 12-05-2010 11:21 PM
Reducing water/lb grain for larger grain bills? Tall_Yotie All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 9 11-25-2010 01:55 AM
base grain to specialty malt grain ratios DudeBrew All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 7 02-08-2009 07:22 PM
Good Grain Absorption Factor and Water/Grain Ratio? Mr. Mojo Rising All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 8 03-13-2008 05:28 PM
Does smoking malt impact diastatic power? the_bird All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 24 10-10-2007 04:04 PM


Forum Jump