Peach Smoked Porter
smoked beer, rauchbier, all-grain
Source: Matthew Gregory (Matthew_Gregory@avid.com),
HBD Issue #1726, 5/9/95
I have had success doing a few backyard grain smoking adventures, using
pale and pilsener malts. They seem to absorb more of the smoke character
than specialty grains (ie crystal).
I have had excellent results brewing with fruit-wood smoked grains.
Fruit woods such as Peach & Apple give the grains a very nice smoky
flavor. IMHO, woods such as Hickory and Mesquite seem to give too much
of a backyard barbecue flavor. There are other woods commonly used,
including Beech Wood & Alder.
The grains used for smoking should be moist, which allows for more
absorption of the smoke flavors. A quick immersion in cold water, or
spraying them down with water from a bottle works.
A grill could be used for smoking, but would have to allow enough room
between the heat source and grains to prevent scorching the grains.
- 3 lbs smoked 2-row pale malt, using Peach Wood & smoked as described below
- 7 lbs 2-row malt
- 1/2 lb Black Patent Malt
- 1/2 lb Med Crystal
- 1/4 lb Chocolate Malt
- 1 oz N. Brewer 7.5% - 60 minutes
- 1/4 oz Goldings 5% - 30 minutes
- 1/4 oz Goldings - Finish
- Liquid Wyeast 1056 starter
Here is my smoking method with a backyard smoker.
The smoker is similar to a grill, but has a higher level for the smoking
items and a tray in between the heat source and smoking item, that holds
water. The water produces steam that keeps the grain moist throughout
the smoking. I cut 1/2" pieces of wood from 2" diameter branches, then
soak the wood for 20 minutes. The wood pieces ar then placed on top of
hot charcoal, which produces smoke very quick. Then the grains are
placed on a stainless steel screen on the smoker rack & smoked for about
(Low on hops for more smoke flavor character).
Single step Infusion Mash at 154 for 90 minutes.
Warning: This beer disappears very quickly when friends are around.
For Extract batches, the smoked & specialty grains can be steeped up to
170 for 45 min.
This should produce a beer in the 1050's for starting gravity.