Topic: Malt

Maximizing Malt Aroma and Character

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I have been on this same journey before and it can be a real challenge chasing elusive flavors that sometimes seem impossible to capture, and perfect malt flavor is one such genie. It’s hard to play this game without starting with malt: They may be lacking in the flavor you are chasing. Although you state


Hop Creep Explained, Backsweetening, and Maximizing Malt Freshness

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The term “hop creep” is not to be confused with lupulin shift. The Wiz provides the current understanding of hop creep as well as how to maximize certain flavor components of beer.


Brewing Continental-Style Lagers: Tips From the Pros

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Continental-styled lagers are often malt-forward beers. We sat down with two award-winning brewers to talk malts for your next bottom-fermented recipe.


Home Malting

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Malting barley at home may sound like a lot of work, but it’s actually pretty easy and doesn’t require much equipment you don’t already own. Once you have the malting process down, you may want to even grow your own barley. Jon Stika walks readers through the steps.


Understanding Base Malt

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Though not as glamorous as hops and yeast, or even specialty malts, for that matter, base malt is the backbone of beer. Learn what differentiates each base malt and when one may be better than another.


Master Malt Analysis

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Get a better understanding of what makes up the malt you use by learning how to interpret a malt spec sheet.


Understanding Malt Lingo

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There are plenty of technical terms that surround the cereal grains that we brewers use as a source of sugar to make beer. Understanding the brewing jargon used when talking about malt can be very helpful.


Growing Barley

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Many homebrewers grow their own hops. For interested homebrewers with a little space in their garden, growing your own barley is also a possibility. Last year, I grew barley in my garden and found it to be a rewarding experience. There are a few good reasons for a homebrewer to grow their own barley. Firstly,


Base Malts

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The foundation grains that beers are built upon.


Is it Crystal or Caramel Malt?

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Photo courtesy of Briess Malting and Ingredients Co. Homebrewers are often confused by the terms crystal and caramel malt and are sometimes uncertain as to whether these are basically the same thing and can be used interchangeably, or whether they are quite different animals. Partly this comes from the fact that crystal and caramel malts


Motorize Your Mill

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Crushing grain immediately prior to mashing is one of the hallmarks of homebrewing at its finest and is well documented in numerous articles. I have used a drill-powered mill for years, but recently undertook the challenge of motorizing it. In milling, the roller speed and gap between the rollers are of utmost importance. Too slow


Micro Maltsters Roundtable

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If you want to make a truly local beer, try sourcing locally-made malt. Four pros discuss craft malting.


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