smoke doing its magic on the grain!

You may have heard of beer referred to as liquid bread – but after playing around with some ideas using smoked malt, I brewed a batch of amber lager today, and this is definitely more like liquid toast!
I smoked the malt with some apple wood on Saturday and have been smelling it since!  I tried to balance the smoked malt with the regular malt so that the beer doesn’t taste like a ham sandwich.  Maybe that wouldn’t be so bad if I were hungry, but probably not what everyone wants in their pint glass.
I’m reserving the option to dry ‘hop’ it in some hot peppers – this is an experimental batch so we’ll just have to wait and see where it goes.
For now it’s called GBD – golden brown and delicious – just like my favorite toast!