Topic: Malt

Why Malt Matters – The Basics on the Backbone of Beer

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Is the malt you select the most important decision you make when formulating a beer recipe or purchasing homebrew ingredients? It might not be, but I’d wager a bet you’re more worried about the hops and yeast you’re using. Let’s see if I can change your mind. Okay, so your laid-back approach to malt is


50 Years of Maris Otter

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Many barley varieties suitable for malting live short lives, forgotten when something new comes along. Not so for Maris Otter, which celebrated it’s 50th anniversary in 2015. Learn more about what makes this malt so special to brewers and find 4 classic British recipes to brew with Maris Otter malt.


Why do some grains need to be malted?

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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 unites all of these changes is enzymatic production and enzymatic activity. At the end of the malting process, malted grains contain a wide


Triticale Malt

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How does a brewer decide to try a new ingredient to make beer? I asked this question when I met Brian Mandeville, Head Brewer at Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, North Carolina, to talk about Fullsteam’s new pale ale brewed with triticale, a hybrid of wheat and rye. Brian said local farmers in rural North Carolina


Cold Steeping Specialty Grains

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Steeping specialty grains is a common practice for many homebrewers, particularly those who brew extract or partial-mash recipes. As with many things in the beer brewing process, there are trade-offs to be made in time, labor, extract efficiency, flavor, color, body and foam when we compare one approach of brewing with specialty grains to another.


Brewing with Smoked Malt: Tips from the Pros

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Beers with smoked malts aren’t for everyone. Or, possibly, not everyone has had the right style of smoked beer? As with any ingredient, the style and amount used can result in an array of flavors and as the brewer you get to dictate that to get the result you enjoy. Here’s how three pros like


Smoking & Roasting Malts

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Why would you want to smoke your own malt, or make your own roasted malts? After all, smoked malts are available from respected suppliers such as Briess, Weyermann, and Simpsons, and we have access to a whole range of roasted malts from a wide variety of maltsters. Adding another step to the brewing process might


Brewing with Dehusked Dark Malt

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Whether it was bread or beer that convinced our ancestors to trade in their nomadic wandering to tend fields of grass; grain and human culture are as linked as hops and IPA. From scrawny wild grasses, humans selected for traits that made growing, harvesting, processing, and brewing or baking easier. Slowly, wheat specialized for dough,


Beer Starts Here: Base Malts

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Like any structure, beer must have a foundation, which is what we call “base malt.” With malt extract the choice of base malt has been made for you, but in the case of a partial mash/extract beer, or one from all-grain you have to choose it yourself. But before we get ahead of ourselves, what


Malting At Home

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Want to take complete control of your beer’s flavor? Then malt your own barley! Everything you need to know is here.


Black is Beautiful: Black Malts

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My mother’s favorite phrase for a really dark place was “It’s as black as Newgate’s Knocker!” This derived from the infamous Newgate prison where public executions of criminals were carried out in the 18th and 19th centuries. I suppose the connection was that once you went through the door of Newgate you would soon be


Using Specialty Malts

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Always consider these specialty malts when crafting a new recipe to enhance your brew.


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