Topic: Grains

Bugs in grains

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: I am not entirely clear on your brewing process and will get to those pesky bugs in a moment. I am going to assume that you are an extract brewer using

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Using Roasted Barley: Tips from the Pros

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Made from unmalted barley, roasted barley is a versatile grain used in brewing dark beers. Three professional brewers offer tips on how to use it in your homebrew batches.


Steeping vs. Partial Mashing

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Some grains can be steeped. Others need to be mashed. Do you know the difference? You will after reading this grain guide for extract brewers.

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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.


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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