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Why do some grains need to be malted?


Julio Montero Charlotte, North Carolina asks,

Why do some wheats need to be malted and others, like einkorn, not require a malting process?

Grains are malted so that starch contained in the grain endosperm can be released into solution during mashing. The changes that happen during malting are collectively termed modification. And the thing that
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