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Old 05-03-2012, 08:48 PM   #1
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Has anyone here smoked grain before using it in a batch of beer. I just bought a smoker and have just found out about cold smoking. I make a Snow Cap clone and thought a hint of smoke flavor might be tasty. Any thoughts?
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:13 PM   #2
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I tried smoking it but couldn't keep it lit. Sorry. Couldn't resist. I have seen posts on another forum where people will put a big pot of Ice inside the smoker and then put a grill/grate on top of it and then put what ever they wanted to smoke in another pot or pyrex, etc. on top of the grate.
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:13 PM   #3
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I've had a beer brewed with home smoked malt, but it wasn't mine. It was really subtle, and they smoked most of the malt in the batch, IIRC. I think smoking the malt when it's green will get a lot more aggressive smoke taste.
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:17 AM   #4
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I tried smoking grains way back before it was easy to buy Breiss smoked malt. And I have a smoked Helles on tap right now using Breiss. IMHO, smoking yourself is a huge waste of time and the level of smoke will be highly inconsistent. 20% Breiss will make a Helles nice and smoky like Schlenkerla, or a porter mildly/fairly smoky. Stick with what'll work and leave the smoking to the pros.
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:33 AM   #5
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uechikid, let me know how it turns out if you try it. Curious about it myself. Though problem is: I've never tried a beer that's smoked. But wonder if it really takes much to smoke malt? Might seem a lot, but then get the beer brewing and it may not be enough smoke in the beer OR too much smoke also.
Then another thought just occured (which might have been touched upon before,IDK?) Would you use undermodified malt for that purpose? I'd imagine some starch conversion would happen during smoking. Might lose something there. Who knows?
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:59 AM   #6
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Well, I have done one smoked beer. Called it "Smoky!! Is that you?" If any one has seen the movie Friday. I used a Big Green Egg it was a 18# grain bill and I took 2# of the grain and smoked it for 20min really 10 would probably do it. I really liked it and all my brew friends Liked it. One thing it will make you want to go get BBQ when you drink one. I did Applewood for mine, think that when smoking the fruit woods are the best just because there lighter in flavor than Hickory or harder woods.
I love trying new brews and smoking grain is a fun easy way to play. Hope you have a good brew at the end.

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Old 05-04-2012, 02:02 AM   #7
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I've just built a roasting drum for my BBQ, and have tested it with a gas burner. Smoking it with charcoal and wood chips is a plan for the future. I'm also interested to see what it does!
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Old 05-04-2012, 05:00 AM   #8
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I've smoked my own malt. I use the ProQ Cold Smoke Generator in my smoker. Grain gets split between a few stainless mesh colanders that I picked up at the local Asian market. Three hours over a blend of cherry, hickory and apple gave me a nice mellow flavor. I actually prefer more smoke character, so next time I'll probably use all hickory and try four hours. BTW, the ProQ also works great for smoking cheese.
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bought applewood chips for my smoker just so i can smoke some of the base malt for a breakfast stout
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I've smoked 2-row several times in my UDS. Kept the temp extremely low for a couple of hours. Used the malt in a smoked amber and a porter. The porter's grist was mostly home smoked malt and converted fine. I'd encourage you to try it. I'd do it again.
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