2-5L Weyermann® - Beech wood smoked malt from Germany. Intended for use in Rauchbiers, it is also good in heavy Scotch Ales where the affect on flavor is a little more mild than the Peat Smoked malt. Flavor will come through nicely when steeped.
Used at 15% malt bill for a mild smoked porter (about 2# for a 6 gallon batch). Good smoke flavor without being overpowering. Note that the malt does not smell nor taste of smoke prior to mashing, but smoke flavor will come through, trust me.
It looks like a normal grain, it smells and even somewhat tastes like a normal grain, but it's got the smoke inside! I brewed a Smoked Hefeweizen with 10 lbs wheat/2-row as per the MoreBeer recipe... plus I added a pound of this Weyermann Rauchmalz to give it character and wooden it up a bit. I figured with only 9% of the grain bill as Rauchmalz, I *might* be able to just barely taste the smoke in the finished weizen. Well as it turned out the smoke was stronger than expected but worked out great and turned out to be very well balanced. Hefeweizen isn't the most smoke-resistant beer so that might factor in too, a smoked IPA would take a bit more.
I would say use this to smoke any beer really. Just be careful or you'll go full-bacon like the rauchbier gods at Aecht Schlenkerla. This of course does have it's charms if you're aiming for that, and I'm sure this malt would fit the bill nicely for any target concentration. But I think for a subtle taste, you'll want this down to about
This is the real stuff for making a Bamberger Rauchbier. Weyermann (maltster) is located in Bamberg, about a mile or two from the Schlenkerla brewpub (the famous Rauchbier brewery) in the old city. No, this malt doesn't smell particularly smokey as grain. But as soon as it hits hot water, you know you've got Rauchmalz. As a beer, you're sitting in Bamberg by the river on a cool, rainy day, thinking of fall in Germany.
I ordered 3 pounds of rauch malt a couple of months ago. I recently used it in a weizenbock beer. Upon opening 2 of the packages, I could not detect ANY smoky aroma nor taste any smoke in the malt. I have to conclude that these packages were mislabeled and contain plain malt.
This is another great malt. I used it for a smoked porter recipe & it turned out great. This smoked malt in comparison to Peat smoked malt isn't as pungent, so the beer isn't TOTALLY smokey. Great stuff.