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Offline JGF

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Cherrywood Smoked Porter
« on: November 05, 2015, 12:34:16 AM »
Hi all, new to the forum. Wanting to try some cherrywood smoked malts in a porter - shooting for a slightly sweet and smokey American porter. Not wanting it to be too overpoweringly smokey but not sure if I have enough of the smoked malt in it. I'd had it around 2 pounds but decided to be a little more conservative having not used it before. Reports about how much smokiness and sweetness it imparts seem to vary greatly. So I thought I'd seek some opinions here.

Here's the URL: http://www.brewersfriend.com/homebrew/recipe/view/292172/cherrywood-smoked-porter

FWIW, we (my dad and I brew together) get a very consistent 79% mash efficiency with our process. The yeast will be reclaimed from a batch of oatmeal stout we brewed a few weeks ago. We make water from a mix of RO, our REALLY hard tap water, and mineral additions.

Cherrywood Smoked Porter

Method: All Grain
Style: Robust Porter   
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 5.5 gallons (fermentor volume)
Boil Size: 6.5 gallons
Boil Gravity: 1.050 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 79% (brew house)

OG: 1.059
FG:  1.015
5.81%
44.45
30.31
Fermentables
Amount    Fermentable    PPG    °L    Bill %
7.5 lb   American - Pale 2-Row   37   1.8   65.2%
0.5 lb   American - Roasted Barley   33   300   4.3%
0.5 lb   American - Chocolate   29   350   4.3%
1 lb   American - Munich - 60L   33   60   8.7%
1 lb   American - Caramel / Crystal 40L   34   40   8.7%
1 lb   American - Cherrywood Smoked Malt   37   5   8.7%
11.5 lb    Total          
     
Hops
Amount    Variety    Type    AA    Use    Time    IBU
0.65 oz   Magnum   Pellet   15   Boil   60 min   33.65
1 oz   Willamette   Pellet   4.5   Boil   15 min   7.71
1 oz   Willamette   Pellet   4.5   Boil   5 min   3.1
Mash Guidelines
Amount    Description    Type    Temp    Time
15 qt      Infusion   154 F   60 min
20 qt      Fly Sparge   170 F   60 min
Starting Mash Thickness: 1.5 qt/lb
Yeast
Wyeast - Denny's Favorite 50 1450   
Attenuation (avg):
   75%    
Flocculation:
   Low
Optimum Temp:
   60 - 70 °F      
Starter:
   Yes
Fermentation Temp:
   65 °F    
Pitch Rate:
   1.0 (M cells / ml / ° P)
302 B cells required
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Target Water Profile: Dublin (Dry Stout)
Ca+2    Mg+2    Na+    Cl-    SO4-2    HCO3-
110    4    12    19    53    280
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Re: Cherrywood Smoked Porter
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2015, 09:36:22 PM »
I suspect part of the reason you see so much variance discussed with smoked grain is that the smoke flavor dissipates in the grain over time so the slower a shop turns over their supply the less likely you are to have fresh and extremely smoky grain. I don't think the cherrywood smoked malt is terribly popular so a lot of shops are probably sitting on grain getting long in the tooth.

IMO the cherrywood has good flavor but it's a harsh so it's not my favorite choice. I think it works well in porters but I would use a deft hand adding it to any recipe. One pound is probably enough if not too much for your recipe.
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Re: Cherrywood Smoked Porter
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2015, 09:57:27 PM »
I suspect part of the reason you see so much variance discussed with smoked grain is that the smoke flavor dissipates in the grain over time so the slower a shop turns over their supply the less likely you are to have fresh and extremely smoky grain. I don't think the cherrywood smoked malt is terribly popular so a lot of shops are probably sitting on grain getting long in the tooth.

IMO the cherrywood has good flavor but it's a harsh so it's not my favorite choice. I think it works well in porters but I would use a deft hand adding it to any recipe. One pound is probably enough if not too much for your recipe.

Thanks. The bolded is an interesting idea. The local shop I bought this from had to open a new bag to refill the bin so it will probably be a fresher, smokier than usual batch. The pound might be more than enough, I might have to cut that down a little bit. I suppose it's probably safer to brew anything like this with less smoked malt and up it later in future batches rather than make something undrinkably smokey.

I know years ago when we made Scotch ales with peated malts, it was pretty hit or miss batch to batch.
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Re: Cherrywood Smoked Porter
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2015, 09:59:20 PM »
The smoked porter I made from a LHBS recipe called for 6.7% that worked out to 1# Briess cherrywood smoked malt in a 1.073 porter. i thought the smokiness was noticeable but not overpowering. As said above, it will really depend on how fresh the smoked malt is
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Re: Cherrywood Smoked Porter
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2015, 10:29:39 PM »
I did a porter with 21% and it was definitely up front but no one found it objectionable. If it were my beer I'd cut one of the crystal malts and double up on the smoke.
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Re: Cherrywood Smoked Porter
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2015, 01:44:30 AM »
Here's what we ended up brewing today - recipe got changed a bit to use what we had on hand. Mash had an interesting smell, hit our numbers on the dot, and preliminary tastes seemed pretty much right on. Smokiness is there but not overpowering (been there, done that with peated malt).

It's dark - a stout rather than a porter, maybe but who cares if it ends up tasting good?!


Amount    Fermentable    PPG    °L    Bill %
8 lb   American - Pale 2-Row   37   1.8   69.2%
12 oz   American - Roasted Barley   33   300   6.5%
4 oz   American - Chocolate   29   350   2.2%
13 oz   Belgian - CaraMunich   33   50   7%
4 oz   American - Black Malt   28   500   2.2%
1.5 lb   American - Cherrywood Smoked Malt   37   5   13%
11.56 lb    Total         
     
Hops
Amount    Variety    Type    AA    Use    Time    IBU
0.5 oz   Magnum   Pellet   15   Boil   60 min   25.75
0.54 oz   UK Challenger   Pellet   8.9   Boil   15 min   8.19
1 oz   East Kent Goldings   Pellet   5.7   Boil   5 min   3.9

Mash Guidelines
Amount    Description    Type    Temp    Time
15 qt      Infusion   149 F   60 min
20 qt      Fly Sparge   170 F   60 min
Starting Mash Thickness: 1.5 qt/lb

Yeast
Wyeast - Denny's Favorite 50 1450   

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Re: Cherrywood Smoked Porter
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2016, 09:00:44 PM »
Here's what we ended up brewing today - recipe got changed a bit to use what we had on hand. Mash had an interesting smell, hit our numbers on the dot, and preliminary tastes seemed pretty much right on. Smokiness is there but not overpowering (been there, done that with peated malt).

Just thought I'd follow up now that it's been tapped. It's a good porter, very happy with it. Next time, we'll up the smoked malt a little but we went a little easy on it since it was a first time trying it. The smoke flavor is there but it could be a bit more forward on the palate. As it is, you taste it about midway through the sip and it doesn't linger too long like some smoked beers tend to do.
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