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Old 10-01-2011, 06:39 PM   #1
Apr 2011
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I have 1lb rye grains that have been ground up and are now soaking them in water. We want to roast/smoke them over some woodchips we have.

1. Should they have been ground?
2. Should we have soaked them?
3. How should we roast/smoke them over the wood?

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Old 10-01-2011, 11:31 PM   #2
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i have never heard of roasting wet grain, but then again i have never smoked grain either.

i have baked pale 2 row in order to make amber malt, and in that instance it is better to bake whole grain then crush it, but i don't have a mill therefore i always bake small amounts the crushed grain on BIG glass oven pans. it worked out well for me that way.
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Old 10-02-2011, 02:45 AM   #3
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Roasting happens before grinding, usually. Milling the grains is pretty much the absolute last thing you do to them before you mash in.

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Old 10-02-2011, 07:23 AM   #4
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don't know much about the subject, but negative on soaking them and i'd roast before crushing
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Old 10-02-2011, 01:52 PM   #5
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They should be whole. Soaking them is supposed to enhance the flavor.
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:21 AM   #6
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You can use an old fashioned popcorn popper (westbend poppery 2) the kind that has a solid pan to roast the grain. Allot of people use them to roast green coffee. Just be sure to get a long handled wooden spoon and stir the hell out of the thing as you roast them. Another brand is a toastmaster. You can find them at thrift stores allot of times for only a couple of dollars. They get nice and hot upwards of 500 degrees! So be carefully and don't burn the grain! I have done this and it works well!

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