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A Dive Into Honey Malt

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Stephen Elliott — Lawtell, Louisiana asks,
Q

I am an extract brewer who recently started using honey malt to try to get some sweetness into some of my beers like English-style brown and amber ales. I notice the honey malt is in the specialty grain section of the online homebrew store where I buy my steeping grains. But some threads I’ve read said you should mash honey malt. I’m confused on whether this grain should be steeped or mashed? If I steep this grain, what will it yield versus if I mash it?

A
The rule of thumb when brewing with extracts is to steep crystal, caramel, and roasted specialty malts, and to mash specialty malts that contain starch. When crystal and caramel* malts are made,
Response by Asthon Lewis.