Topic: Grains

Reading the Malt Specs

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Malted barley varies from year to year and batch to batch, which can impact your recipes and procedures. The more you know about your malt, the better and more consistent your beer will be! Here’s how to interpret the numbers on a typical malt analysis sheet.

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Brewing with Rye: Tips from the Pros

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Expert advice on using this spicy grain for zesty, malty beers.


Grow Your Grains

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The BYO beginner’s guide to raising a bit of barley in your own backyard. PLUS: Simple step-by-step malting instructions.


Brewing with Chocolate Malt: Tips from the Pros

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Expert advice on finding sweet success with chocolate malts.


Grain on the Brain

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From two-row to pale ale and pils, a guide to five common base malts – how to use them and how to brew great beer with them. Plus: easy all-grain recipes for evaluating base malts, a quick guide to barley strains, and tips on swapping malt extract for grains.


Types of brewers malt

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Wow! This is a huge question that is answered in terms of books and journals. I will try to cover the basics of malting barley varieties, but my answer is a very

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Crystal Malt: Homebrew Science

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The science behind crystal malt’s properties.

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Using Crystal Malt

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Using crystal malt to add flavor and color to beer.


Base Malt Basics

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Base malt basics: How to choose your main grain.

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“Cara” malts?

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Caramel, cara or crystal malts are synonymous terms describing a large family of malts that are made by changing the kilning process. All malts are kiln-dried to arrest germination. To make caramel

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Storing crushed grains

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The key to storing grain is keeping it dry. Whenever crushed grain is left to sit around, it begins to take up moisture from the air. Most malts have a moisture content

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Milling Grain: Tips from the Pros

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All about milling your own grains.

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