Looking for some advice on a smoked Helles
recipe. I want it to be clear that there is smoked malt in there but be a subtle compliment to the base style. None of the articles that I've found offers a solid starting point. They all punt saying that it depends on how smoky that you want it and how old the malt is without offering a range. My best guess is to replace a pound of pilsner malt with a pound of Weyermann Rauch malt. Let me know if you have any suggestions. Thanks!
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That is not a punt, but sound advice. If you can get Weyermann from a fresh bag, use a pound. Then see haw it is to your taste, then go up or down depending on the freshness you can get the Rauchmalt next time.
The smoke in the malt dissipates with time. If it is stored in a bin, and you can smell the smoke aroma when you open the bin, it has left the malt and won't go into your beer.
Everyone has a different threshold and tolerance for smoke in their beers. I like it a lot, and have made smoked Helles with 2 lbs for a 5 gallon batch, and that was fresh homesmoked malt.