A friend of mine wants to incorporate freshwater seaweed from his family’s lake house into a brew that I’d help him with. After talking him out of using the seaweed instead of hops (which I have no idea how would come out and don’t really want to try) I suggested using dried seaweed to smoke some malt and make a beer with it. He’s a huge fan of smoked beers, so he loved the idea.
I’ve never smoked my own malt, but I’m thinking about smoking about half of the base malt for a Scottish style ale (~6% abv). Maybe I’ll smoke Vienna malt and use half Vienna and half Marris Otter. Another option is a Smoked Porter which I also think could turn out well.
I’m really just tossing ideas around and looking for some input. Anyone care to throw in their $0.02?