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Title: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: enso on November 16, 2010, 11:39:04 am
I love Schlenkerla Marzen and Urbock!  I have brewed one succesful smoked beer but nothing like those.  My first attempt was based on an amber ale and was flavored with maple and fenugreek (to boost the maple flavor) it was called smoke in the sugar house.  It turned out quite nicely.  Slightly smoky and certainly maple flavored.  Was not something I would love to drink many pints of at once like I could with the Schlenkerla.  I used Weyerman's rauch malt for that one.

Recently I decided to do a more straight up smoke beer.  It sucks.  It has that wicked band aid phenol and I do not think it is going away.  I also did an ale with this one.  Fermented cool with Scottish ale yeast.  I used the Briess cherry smoked malt i had leftover from a (also sucky) smoked barleywine.  At least it was pretty bad last I tasted it a year ago.  I am still letting it sit to see if it improves.

I know the Briess malt is much more intense so I only used about 2.5 lbs. which was about 21% of the grist.  I beleive that is in line with there recommendations and not over.  Well, I am going to dump it ad try again.

This time I am using the Weyerman Rauch again.  I want to use at least 50% Rauch, however I am nervous that I will get the same result.  I would LOVE to use 100% as Schlenkerla allegedly does but I don't want another dumper.  However, I do want a really smoky brew.

Here is what I plan.  I will use 6 lbs. Rauch(53.3%), 3 lbs. Vienna(26.7), 1 lb. caraamber (8.9%) 1 lb. Melanodin (8.9%), and 4 oz. Carafa special dehusked (2.2%)

I am using Hallertuar hops and shooting for 19 IBU's

I will ferment with WLP 810 (cal common) at about 58F.  Leave it for my usual 3 weeks.  Then, perhaps lager it a bit...  or not.

I am not attempting to clone Schlenkerla.  I just mention it as the best example I have had of what I would like to brew.  Any advice or encouragement that I will not be making another band aid brew?

Oh, and I am not using chlorinated water.  It is spring water direct from the source.  About medium hardness.  I guess that is another difference between my first succesful brew and this last one.  The water came from a different spring.
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: tschmidlin on November 16, 2010, 01:11:37 pm
I regularly use 100% Wyermann rauch malt to make a dopplebock, 18 lbs per 5 gallon batch.  It is typically less smokey than the Schlenkerla beers, but they smoke their own malts.  I've won BOS with it, but I have also gotten comments from judges such as "suggest you use a higher percentage of rauch malt next time".  ::)

Don't be afraid to go 100%, but your recipe looks tasty as is.
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: jeffy on November 16, 2010, 01:16:55 pm
The problem with making a consistent smoked beer is the variability of the malt.  Wyerman gives a real nice flavor, but I can never tell how old it is just by smelling and tasting it.
I've had more phenolics from peat smoked malt, never had that with Briess cherry wood, but even using 50% Briess I still didn't have the smoke intensity I was looking for.
The best smoked beers I've judged and made have been made with home-smoked malt.  If you smoke the malt over heat, obviously use less and don't try to substitute the base malt with it.  If you cold smoke the malt you can use it as the base malt.  My current smoked beer is almost entirely home-smoked malt over citrus wood.  I have a post somewhere in the forum with pictures of the smoke box.
If it turns out to be too smokey, blend it back with another keg.
I think your recipe looks just fine btw

<edit> http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=2814.0
found the link for pictures of my smoker
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: hamiltont on November 16, 2010, 01:44:51 pm
I gota agree with Jeffy on the "smoke your own".  IMO it gives you the best control over the smoke. For example. I took a basic 5 gallon Porter recipe & smoked 1/2 the base malt (5 lbs.) with 1/2 lb. Alder Wood. I enjoy the smoke and 1/2 lb. is a little on the smoky side. A 1/4 lb. would be subtle, and some prefer it that way leaning towards the malt side.  The key is you determine the smokiness. Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on November 16, 2010, 02:57:33 pm
I made Rauch bier with 100% rauch malt from weirmann.
It had a nice smkiness to it.
I also have to say that both beers were not the same eventhou I used the same recipe.
I suspect that freshness if rauch malt had something to do with it.
Good luck. 
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: hopfenundmalz on November 16, 2010, 03:08:09 pm
Jeff is correct, you can never tell how fresh the Weyermann's is.  I have been smoking my own for about 3 or 4 years.  Found some beechwood on line to do the Bamberg style.  Other woods are also good to play around with.  Apple is as one would expect, and a favorite is Pear.  Alder makes for good smoked porter, as the folks in Alaska know.

If you want to read more on home smoking and smoked beers, this is good.
http://shop.beertown.org/brewers/product.asp?s_id=0&prod_name=Smoked+Beer+by+Geoff+Larson+and+Ray+Daniels&pf_id=3100_418&dept_id=3101
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: etbrew on November 16, 2010, 04:30:19 pm
enso have you been looking at my notes?   :-\
 
 I plan to do a smoked beer this weekend and have had horrible results with previous batches.   One I home smoked with apple and it had the band aid aroma and the second was made with a German rauch malt but had very little smoke flavor.  I have 1 pound of the the briess cherry smoked malt and thought that might be enough based on the aroma which was really intense, but now I'm not so sure.  I guess I should try smoking my own again and doing some trial and error to get the amount of smokiness right.

I also love the Schlenkerla smoke beers but the inspiration for brewing this smoked beer is the Fumundo from Freetail Brewing Co. in San Antonio.  I was in San Antonio a couple weeks ago and I loved this beer. 

I'd love to hear how your batch turns out and what you end up using for a recipe.
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: pyrite on November 16, 2010, 08:32:31 pm
Schlenkerla Marzen is one of my favorite smoked beers. This particular beer has inspired a lot of my smoked beer recipes. I use WLP810 San Francisco Lager Yeast with a lot of my brews and would not suggest combining smoked malt with this yeast strain at those fermenting temperatures. If I can suggest anything it would be to swap the California common yeast for a cleaner, maltier lager yeast strain that would let the smoked aromatics/flavors to dominate.  I would also ferment at lager temperatures. Or you could go with that yeast strain but just ferment at lager temperatures.
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: corkybstewart on November 16, 2010, 10:12:13 pm
I'm a very seasoned veteran of rauchbier brewing.  I've brewed it once and I used 25% Weyermann malt and 25% home-smoked malt with apple wood.  Teh rest of the grain bill was Pils with maybe 5% carapils.  Your hops look good, I think I used only a bittering addition of Hallertau.  I brewed mine as a lager back in January and tapped the first keg in July.
Home smoking is easy if you have the equipment and patience.  It took me 2 hours to poke about 1000 holes in an aluminum roasting pan, and then I had to maintain a very smoky fire with almost no heat.
But the results were far better than I expected.  At our Oktoberfest it was the first keg finished, and we have very few friends that are not BMC drinkers but they loved the "burnt beer",.It was something none of them had ever experienced, not even my beer geek friends since the only smoked beer available here is Stone Smoked Porter
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: enso on November 17, 2010, 06:16:54 am
Thanks for the tips folks.

Curious, does the age of the malt have an effect on the phenols?  The Briess I used may have been old.  Could that bring out the band aid phenols?  Not sure how fresh the Rauch malt I have is either.  Not sure how high a turn over rate my LHBS would have on this particular malt.  I think I will certainly consider smoking my own in the future.  Sounds fun.

I guess I will give it a shot with this as it is already paid for, and then I will hope for the best.

Also curious why WLP 810 would not be recommended at 58F?  It is really the only lager yeast I use and keep in my ranch.  I am not really a lager brewer.  The closest I get is fermenting in the mid to high fifties with WLP810 and Wyeast 1728.

Thanks again.  The Smoked beers book is on my wishlist btw...
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: hopfenundmalz on November 17, 2010, 06:22:56 am
I am not sure about the phenols in the malt, but smoked beers go phenolic after a long period of time, >6 months. 

We have stayed at Spezial in Bamberg, and have toured the brewery.  Herr Merz, the owner/brewer says he does not like to ship to the US for a number of reasons.  The beer going phenolic was one reason.  Another reason is that he can sell everything he makes in the local market, where the beer is fresh.
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: ipaguy on November 17, 2010, 07:53:58 am
I recently use 1 lb. of the Briess cherrywood smoked malt in a 1.058 OG Gotlandsdricke.  No off flavors that I could detect.  Smoke flavor was quite subtle; you could taste it on one sip, but not the next.  Well balanced with the small amounts of juniper berries & crystal rye I used.  Turned out to be one of the best beers I've brewed.
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: Janis on November 17, 2010, 09:02:48 am
Hi Dave,

I'm with Jeffy regarding blending your beers rather than dumping them.  The heavy phenolics may be palatable when blended with a non-smoked beer.  Of course, your taste buds have the final say.  Good luck!

Cheers,
   Janis
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: tschmidlin on November 17, 2010, 10:15:41 am
I recently use 1 lb. of the Briess cherrywood smoked malt in a 1.058 OG Gotlandsdricke.  No off flavors that I could detect.  Smoke flavor was quite subtle; you could taste it on one sip, but not the next.  Well balanced with the small amounts of juniper berries & crystal rye I used.  Turned out to be one of the best beers I've brewed.
I had a beer last night made with 1 lb of the cherrywood smoked malt, and found it to be overly phenolic and bandaidy.  It got a bit better as you drank it, but it wasn't the smooth smoke I get from the beechwood smoked beers, or even the alder wood ones.

I am not sure about the phenols in the malt, but smoked beers go phenolic after a long period of time, >6 months. 
That's interesting to hear, because it has not been my experience.  I regularly age beers for >>6 months, and the 100% smoked dopplebock I made that got BOS was over a year old before it was even kegged.  And I age Alaskan Smoked Porter and it's delicious, not off in a phenolic way at all.  bouef
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: corkybstewart on November 17, 2010, 10:29:26 am
I recently use 1 lb. of the Briess cherrywood smoked malt in a 1.058 OG Gotlandsdricke.  No off flavors that I could detect.  Smoke flavor was quite subtle; you could taste it on one sip, but not the next.  Well balanced with the small amounts of juniper berries & crystal rye I used.  Turned out to be one of the best beers I've brewed.
I had a beer last night made with 1 lb of the cherrywood smoked malt, and found it to be overly phenolic and bandaidy.  It got a bit better as you drank it, but it wasn't the smooth smoke I get from the beechwood smoked beers, or even the alder wood ones.

I am not sure about the phenols in the malt, but smoked beers go phenolic after a long period of time, >6 months. 
That's interesting to hear, because it has not been my experience.  I regularly age beers for >>6 months, and the 100% smoked dopplebock I made that got BOS was over a year old before it was even kegged.  And I age Alaskan Smoked Porter and it's delicious, not off in a phenolic way at all.  bouef
I was thinking the same thing.  My rauchbier lagered for over 6 months in the kegs and there was no hint of phenols.
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: jeffy on November 17, 2010, 10:52:13 am
I recently use 1 lb. of the Briess cherrywood smoked malt in a 1.058 OG Gotlandsdricke.  No off flavors that I could detect.  Smoke flavor was quite subtle; you could taste it on one sip, but not the next.  Well balanced with the small amounts of juniper berries & crystal rye I used.  Turned out to be one of the best beers I've brewed.
I had a beer last night made with 1 lb of the cherrywood smoked malt, and found it to be overly phenolic and bandaidy.  It got a bit better as you drank it, but it wasn't the smooth smoke I get from the beechwood smoked beers, or even the alder wood ones.

I am not sure about the phenols in the malt, but smoked beers go phenolic after a long period of time, >6 months. 
That's interesting to hear, because it has not been my experience.  I regularly age beers for >>6 months, and the 100% smoked dopplebock I made that got BOS was over a year old before it was even kegged.  And I age Alaskan Smoked Porter and it's delicious, not off in a phenolic way at all.  bouef
I was thinking the same thing.  My rauchbier lagered for over 6 months in the kegs and there was no hint of phenols.

I did one of the vertical tastings of Alaskan Smoked Porter at GABF a couple years ago and didn't notice any phenols other than the pleasant smoke even in the really old samples.  The smoked beer I have at home now is probably older than 6 months and tastes pretty fresh to me.
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: hopfenundmalz on November 17, 2010, 11:12:03 am

I am not sure about the phenols in the malt, but smoked beers go phenolic after a long period of time, >6 months.  
That's interesting to hear, because it has not been my experience.  I regularly age beers for >>6 months, and the 100% smoked dopplebock I made that got BOS was over a year old before it was even kegged.  And I age Alaskan Smoked Porter and it's delicious, not off in a phenolic way at all.  bouef

Tom, you are correct about the Alaskan Smoked Porter, and I have had some excellent older examples.  My viewpoint was learned from Herr Merz at Spezial.  I have had older bottles of Rauchbiers in the US that have gone phenolic.  

Could the dark malts in a porter delay the smoke becoming overly phenolic?  Or temperature in shipping getting too high cause the Rauchbiers to go off?

I still have a corney of the Rauchbier I made last Feb./March, need to give that a try soon and see.
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: hamiltont on November 17, 2010, 11:48:03 am
My Alder Wood Smoked Porter is going on a year in the bottle & I think it's much smoother now than it ever was. A quote from the Alaskan Brewing Co. Website:

"Vertical Tastings of Vintage Alaskan Smoked Porter

A unique aspect to smoked beers that we have found at the Alaskan Brewing Company is that the smoke acts as a preservative even in beer. The smoke combined with the yeast left in the bottle allows the beers flavor and aroma to evolve over time. We have been known to hold vertical tastings with a variety of vintage years of Alaskan Smoked Porter. As it ages, the smoke becomes more of a subtle background note. Around the third and fourth years the beer's other flavors such as sherry, currant, raisin, and toffee-like nuances come forward. The fifth year sees the reemergence of the smoky character to the forefront."

Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: tschmidlin on November 17, 2010, 12:21:12 pm
Could the dark malts in a porter delay the smoke becoming overly phenolic?  Or temperature in shipping getting too high cause the Rauchbiers to go off?
It could be the dark malts preventing it or the high temps causing it, I don't know what chemical reaction gets you from a smokey phenol to a bandaidy one.  But my smoked beer is very light in color, and never gets bandaid flavors that I've experienced.  I've also had Spezial in the US and it seemed fresh enough and did not taste like bandaids.

Smoke is a preservative, that's been known a long time, which makes it seem less likely that the phenolic flavor Herr Merz found is from contamination.  But I've never found a beer to go from nicely smoky to bandaid, so that actually seems most likely to me.  :-\

Maybe someone has better ideas.
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: hopfenundmalz on November 17, 2010, 01:03:26 pm
What I have experienced in older Rauchbiers in the US is a nasty smoke flavor, more like liquid smoke or creosote, which is produced from the wood phenols when burned.  Not the "clean" smoked flavor that you get in the pubs at Schlenkerla or Spezial.  Looking at "Smoked Beer", they talk about the phenols produced by burning the wood, Schlenkerla tests the smoked malt for this, Spezial goes by taste.  They talk about some woods like Hickory having more phenolic character, and the phenolic content of Peated malt (probably why I don't like it, nasty smoke to me).

Should have read that Bandaid was what he was talking about.  That is a chlorophenol, no?  How does Briess end up with that, chlorinated water in the process?

Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: gordonstrong on November 17, 2010, 01:21:12 pm
My Alder Wood Smoked Porter is going on a year in the bottle & I think it's much smoother now than it ever was. A quote from the Alaskan Brewing Co. Website:

"Vertical Tastings of Vintage Alaskan Smoked Porter

A unique aspect to smoked beers that we have found at the Alaskan Brewing Company is that the smoke acts as a preservative even in beer. The smoke combined with the yeast left in the bottle allows the beers flavor and aroma to evolve over time. We have been known to hold vertical tastings with a variety of vintage years of Alaskan Smoked Porter. As it ages, the smoke becomes more of a subtle background note. Around the third and fourth years the beer's other flavors such as sherry, currant, raisin, and toffee-like nuances come forward. The fifth year sees the reemergence of the smoky character to the forefront."

Cheers!!!

Hmm.  I guess I'd like to see a normal-strength pale smoked beer subjected to the same treatment.  I don't know that you can say "I aged a strong, dark, smoked beer and it held up well" (so it's due to smoke) since you can say "I aged a strong, dark beer and it held up well".  Correlation doesn't imply causation; that's a common logical fallacy.
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: tschmidlin on November 17, 2010, 02:13:21 pm
What I have experienced in older Rauchbiers in the US is a nasty smoke flavor, more like liquid smoke or creosote, which is produced from the wood phenols when burned.  Not the "clean" smoked flavor that you get in the pubs at Schlenkerla or Spezial.  Looking at "Smoked Beer", they talk about the phenols produced by burning the wood, Schlenkerla tests the smoked malt for this, Spezial goes by taste.  They talk about some woods like Hickory having more phenolic character, and the phenolic content of Peated malt (probably why I don't like it, nasty smoke to me).

Should have read that Bandaid was what he was talking about.  That is a chlorophenol, no?  How does Briess end up with that, chlorinated water in the process?


I've gotten a nasty phenolic character in some smoked beers, but it seems to be age-independent, I think it is more linked to the brewers recipe - the type and quantity of the malt that they use.  That's been my experience anyway.  And they're right, some woods will have more tendency to give unpleasant phenols, that's why we typically don't smoke food with soft-woods like pine.

Bandaid can come from 4-ethyl phenol, no chloro required.  Chlorphenols will taste more like chloroseptic IME, although there could very well be chlorophenols that have bandaid flavor.
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: hamiltont on November 17, 2010, 02:34:52 pm
My Alder Wood Smoked Porter is going on a year in the bottle & I think it's much smoother now than it ever was. A quote from the Alaskan Brewing Co. Website:

"Vertical Tastings of Vintage Alaskan Smoked Porter

A unique aspect to smoked beers that we have found at the Alaskan Brewing Company is that the smoke acts as a preservative even in beer. The smoke combined with the yeast left in the bottle allows the beers flavor and aroma to evolve over time. We have been known to hold vertical tastings with a variety of vintage years of Alaskan Smoked Porter. As it ages, the smoke becomes more of a subtle background note. Around the third and fourth years the beer's other flavors such as sherry, currant, raisin, and toffee-like nuances come forward. The fifth year sees the reemergence of the smoky character to the forefront."

Cheers!!!

Hmm.  I guess I'd like to see a normal-strength pale smoked beer subjected to the same treatment.  I don't know that you can say "I aged a strong, dark, smoked beer and it held up well" (so it's due to smoke) since you can say "I aged a strong, dark beer and it held up well".  Correlation doesn't imply causation; that's a common logical fallacy.
So you're saying it's just a bunch of marketing hype then???  :-\
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: hopfenundmalz on November 17, 2010, 04:48:44 pm
So a question for the home malt smokers.  I have a small bag of Cherry shavings.  Should I smoke malt with that?

I also plan to use the small bag of Crabapple shavings to smoke some malt, just becasue.

Tom - thanks for the clarification on the bandaid coming from 4-ethyl phenol.
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: jeffy on November 17, 2010, 05:24:04 pm
So a question for the home malt smokers.  I have a small bag of Cherry shavings.  Should I smoke malt with that?

I also plan to use the small bag of Crabapple shavings to smoke some malt, just becasue.

Tom - thanks for the clarification on the bandaid coming from 4-ethyl phenol.
I'm not an expert on wood, but I think any hard wood (yes, I said "hard wood") would be fine.  Almost all fruit trees fall into that category.  I've been using citrus wood from my back yard and it is insanely hard to chop into small pieces for smoking.
One of the best smoked beers I had was an apple-wood smoked beer that Greg Noonan made and presented at a conference years ago.
So, yeah, go for it.
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: hopfenundmalz on November 17, 2010, 05:35:02 pm
So a question for the home malt smokers.  I have a small bag of Cherry shavings.  Should I smoke malt with that?

I also plan to use the small bag of Crabapple shavings to smoke some malt, just becasue.

Tom - thanks for the clarification on the bandaid coming from 4-ethyl phenol.
I'm not an expert on wood, but I think any hard wood (yes, I said "hard wood") would be fine.  Almost all fruit trees fall into that category.  I've been using citrus wood from my back yard and it is insanely hard to chop into small pieces for smoking.
One of the best smoked beers I had was an apple-wood smoked beer that Greg Noonan made and presented at a conference years ago.
So, yeah, go for it.
From what I have read, just about any fruit tree or nut tree wood will work.
Wondering whsome have poor experience with the Briess Cherry wood.  Maybe they let the smoke get too hot for a batch?
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: hamiltont on November 18, 2010, 08:30:29 am
My Alder Wood Smoked Porter is going on a year in the bottle & I think it's much smoother now than it ever was. A quote from the Alaskan Brewing Co. Website:

"Vertical Tastings of Vintage Alaskan Smoked Porter

A unique aspect to smoked beers that we have found at the Alaskan Brewing Company is that the smoke acts as a preservative even in beer. The smoke combined with the yeast left in the bottle allows the beers flavor and aroma to evolve over time. We have been known to hold vertical tastings with a variety of vintage years of Alaskan Smoked Porter. As it ages, the smoke becomes more of a subtle background note. Around the third and fourth years the beer's other flavors such as sherry, currant, raisin, and toffee-like nuances come forward. The fifth year sees the reemergence of the smoky character to the forefront."

Cheers!!!

Hmm.  I guess I'd like to see a normal-strength pale smoked beer subjected to the same treatment.  I don't know that you can say "I aged a strong, dark, smoked beer and it held up well" (so it's due to smoke) since you can say "I aged a strong, dark beer and it held up well".  Correlation doesn't imply causation; that's a common logical fallacy.
So you're saying it's just a bunch of marketing hype then???  :-\
I have an acquaintance who brews a German Alt with smoked malt. It appears the smoked malt does not do much in the way of preserving the beer beyond the un-smoked Alt. Though neither of us are experiencing the "Band-Aid" effect even after a year. Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: gordonstrong on November 18, 2010, 09:20:19 am
Hmm.  I guess I'd like to see a normal-strength pale smoked beer subjected to the same treatment.  I don't know that you can say "I aged a strong, dark, smoked beer and it held up well" (so it's due to smoke) since you can say "I aged a strong, dark beer and it held up well".  Correlation doesn't imply causation; that's a common logical fallacy.
So you're saying it's just a bunch of marketing hype then???  :-\

No.  I didn't prove anything either.  I just said their claim was unsubstantiated by their example.  It could be true.  It could not be true.  But one way to test it is to isolate the variable upon which their claim is based and check the effects.

It's like saying everyone who has ever eaten carrots more than 200 years ago has died, so carrots cause death.  You can have a premise that's absolutely true, but still draw a totally incorrect conclusion if the premise has nothing to do with the conclusion.

I suspect their claim is false, since the effects they see are known to be associated with other factors that are present.  I know Alaskan Smoked Porter is wonderful when aged, but I don't think it's due to the smoke.  You can point to any number of big, dark beers that age well.  Show me other smoked beers that age.  How is the Schlenkerla Weizen after a few years?
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: hamiltont on November 18, 2010, 10:16:50 am
Hmm.  I guess I'd like to see a normal-strength pale smoked beer subjected to the same treatment.  I don't know that you can say "I aged a strong, dark, smoked beer and it held up well" (so it's due to smoke) since you can say "I aged a strong, dark beer and it held up well".  Correlation doesn't imply causation; that's a common logical fallacy.
So you're saying it's just a bunch of marketing hype then???  :-\

No.  I didn't prove anything either.  I just said their claim was unsubstantiated by their example.  It could be true.  It could not be true.  But one way to test it is to isolate the variable upon which their claim is based and check the effects.

It's like saying everyone who has ever eaten carrots more than 200 years ago has died, so carrots cause death.  You can have a premise that's absolutely true, but still draw a totally incorrect conclusion if the premise has nothing to do with the conclusion.

I suspect their claim is false, since the effects they see are known to be associated with other factors that are present.  I know Alaskan Smoked Porter is wonderful when aged, but I don't think it's due to the smoke.  You can point to any number of big, dark beers that age well.  Show me other smoked beers that age.  How is the Schlenkerla Weizen after a few years?
Agreed, and somewhat substantiated by my comment above ^^^ regarding an Alt.  Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: corkybstewart on November 18, 2010, 06:44:40 pm
So a question for the home malt smokers.  I have a small bag of Cherry shavings.  Should I smoke malt with that?

I also plan to use the small bag of Crabapple shavings to smoke some malt, just becasue.

Tom - thanks for the clarification on the bandaid coming from 4-ethyl phenol.
Again I've just done one beer with home-smoked wood but it did turn out far better than I thought it would.  I used apple wood.  I have a Brinkman smoker grill with the firebox on the end.  I built a small fire of just apple chunks and kept it going for about 1.5 hours.  The heat never got more than about 10 degrees above ambient.  I've also got pruned branches from peach, apricot and pecan trees, I may try the peach/apricot next time.
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: hopfenundmalz on November 18, 2010, 06:57:55 pm
So a question for the home malt smokers.  I have a small bag of Cherry shavings.  Should I smoke malt with that?

I also plan to use the small bag of Crabapple shavings to smoke some malt, just becasue.

Tom - thanks for the clarification on the bandaid coming from 4-ethyl phenol.
Again I've just done one beer with home-smoked wood but it did turn out far better than I thought it would.  I used apple wood.  I have a Brinkman smoker grill with the firebox on the end.  I built a small fire of just apple chunks and kept it going for about 1.5 hours.  The heat never got more than about 10 degrees above ambient.  I've also got pruned branches from peach, apricot and pecan trees, I may try the peach/apricot next time.
I have done alder (2 times), pear (2 times), Apple, and Beechwood for beer.  Have done many more for pork.  Want to find persimmon again, and use it for malt. Nectarine would be great in a light beer like a blond or Helles. 

10 degrees over ambient is a very good thing!
Title: Re: Smoked beer help please?
Post by: positiverpr on November 21, 2010, 07:45:48 pm
if someone commented on this then i missed it. before i started using ro water, if i tried  brewing anything smokey i got terrible bandaid/phenol compounds which were due to the chlorine/smoke interaction. when using smoke malt or even when setting the malt to smoke your own- make sure to use water with no chlorine.