Comment on Smoked Rye Recipe before Brewing

Hello All!

I’ve fallen in love with all things smoked these days and I’ve made a
couple smoked beers. The last was a Rye and I tried my hand at smoking
my own malt again. The first time was not enough to make a difference
and the second was WAY over the top. The last Rye tasted like pork butt
in a bottle. Great for pairing with meats but not an every day beer.

Please give me your thoughts on this recipe. I want to smoke another
batch of pork, chicken, and what ever else isn’t nailed down and through
on a couple lbs of grain as before. I think I’ll back off the 2 hours I
did last time. Note the recipe has 2 adds for Maris Otter. 2nd for
smoking and will be a darker SRM. I want a rich, snappy beer with a
balance and smoke throughout but not ‘in your face’. I’ll use nugget as
bittering to impart some herbal/ earthy spice and the centennial for
some aroma and pine.

Any comments are surely welcomed.

Batch Size (Gal): 10.00
Total Grain (Lbs): 20.00
Anticipated OG: 1.055
Anticipated SRM: 12.6
Anticipated IBU: 46.0
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75 %
Wort Boil Time: 60 Minutes

% Amount Name Potential SRM

65.0 13.00 lbs. Maris Otter 1.038 4

10.0 2.00 lbs. Maris Otter 1.038 40

12.5 2.50 lbs. Rye Malt 1.030 4

5.0 1.00 lbs. Crystal 80L 1.033 80

5.0 1.00 lbs. Wheat Malt 1.038 2

2.5 0.50 lbs. Cara-Pils 1.033 2

1.00 oz. Nugget Pellet 13.00 34.4 First WH

1.00 oz. Centennial Pellet 9.50 11.6 30 min.

Nottingham - 2nd Gen

Not enough rye to be noticeable IMO.

I was thinking to stay under 15% so I backed off to 2.5 lbs.
OK I might bump back to 3 lbs.
Good comment, thanks Denny!

Sure. I based it on my own perception that less than about 20% rye isn’t very noticeable. But you know your own tatses better than I do, so use whatever Mount seems right.

Ladies and Gentleman…
We have a smoked pale ale going.
I was worried the smoke wouldn’t be enough after the above recipe preparations.
The beer was moved to a secondary keg and the sample was plenty smokey.
Denny, it’s a little early to note the rye character. I’m surely happy with the smoke, though.
The last was ‘in yer face’ strong.