Beer--enough to thin batter to the consistency of pancake batter.
Mix all ingredients. Flour fish before dipping in batter. As batter is used, add more beer to maintain consistency .
Note: This batter may also be used for other fish, onion rings or chicken.
Half fill a deep-fat fryer or saucepan with oil; heat to 375'F. (190'C.) or until a 1/2" cube of day-old bread browns in 40 seconds. Place 1/2 of smelt in a frying basket. Lower basket gradually into hot oil and fry 1 minute, shaking basket frequently. Drain on paper towels. Reheat oil to 375'F. (190'C.). Repeat with remaining smelt. Place all of smelt into basket and fry 1-2 minutes more or until lightly golden and crisp. Drain on paper towels