I've never made a Rauchbier before. I have some pear wood that I've been curing for about 5 months now and would like to use. I've got an all-grain setup, but no smoker; I suppose I'll need to get one. I was thinking about an electric smoker because I've heard they are much more efficient than a charcoal smoker. Any dramatic differences?
As far as the process of smoking is concerned, would I just chip the wood, drop it in the smoker, and put the grain on a screen?
Is that the right process? How long should I smoke it for? Are there any tried and true guidelines? If I smoke it "to taste," should I try to get the smoke flavor greater/less/equal to the flavor I want the beer to taste like?