Gyle #10 – Smoke on the Porter

I’d been wanting to use smoked malt in something for a while, and what better way to begin than with a dark, malty porter. Not knowing how smokey the malt would be I decided to err on the side of caution and start with just a small amount. 10% seemed appropriate to begin with. I chose a beechwood smoked malt, as I’d heard peated malt was potent and suited really only to Scottish ales.


SG: 1.050
IBU: 28
SRM: 22
FG: 1.014
ABV: 4.7%
Batch size: 21L

4kg Golden Promise
500g Smoked Malt
250g Crystal 60L
200g Chocolate Malt
50g Roasted Barley

25g Pilgrim 10.5%AA @ 60 mins

Mash @ 68C for 60 mins

Fermentis S-04 dry yeast

I added 3g of calcium chloride to the mash to help promote the maltiness and add some extra calcium for yeast health. It turned out really well, but nowhere near enough smoke flavour. It’s one to brew again, but I’ll swap out a kilo of base malt for smoked malt. 60% base, 30% smoke and 10% roasted malt seems like a good place try v2.

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