Short for malted grain - the main ingredient of beer after water. A cereal grain, usually barley, that has been soaked then dried. The soaking causes the grain to germinate, developing enzymes necessary to convert the grain's starches in to fermentable sugars.

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Can I still use malts that have melted?

I inherited a slew of brewing equipment and ingredients from a friend, but am not sure if it is usable, it's been in storage for a while. Specifically the malts have melted into chunks(a dry imported ...
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Can I sanitize an auto-siphon with boiling water?

So. My first two batches of an IPA and a Brown Ale ended up with a Malt Vinegar taste and smell. I know there can be many factors and many types of reasons for it. I want to get my sanitizing 110% ...
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Using brewing sugar (or equivalent) as the only fermentable?

What would the result be of a brew done with say, brewing sugar (or equivalent), used as the only fermentable? Quite an ambiguous question I know - obviously flavour is dependant on many factors, but ...
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Can someone explain the difference between different kinds of malts?

I'm just getting into brewing and I'm curious what kinds of Malts are out there and what I can expect from them. I made an IPA for my first batch, which seems to be conditioning well so far, and I'm ...
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Fat in malted and unmalted barley

Does malted barley have fat like un-malted barley? If either have fat, why doesn't this cause problems in the beer? What happens with this fat during the brew?
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Consequences of Warming Liquid Malt Extract?

If I get a large internet delivery from NB of 4 extracts, I put everything into the fridge, hops and malt included. On brew day, If I were to just take the liquid malt out of the fridge and attempt ...
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Inconsistencies in fermentables' ppg calculation

I've been searching around the net, asking in forums, even writing to Weyermann, trying to figure out what is the correct formula -- using a malt spec sheet -- to calculate the ppg value that I can ...
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Which yeast and hops should I use to learn the distinctive taste of various grains?

(This title is purposely worded after this question.) I'm about to begin all-grain brewing soon. I'm excited about all of the options, combinations, and ratios of the different grains, but it is very ...
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Can Malt extract or Wort be inverted?

You can invert Sucrose sugar (UK table sugar) into Fructose and Glucose, by heating with citric acid, (FYI This is how you make belgian candy sugar guys!). I'm not too hot on my Malt, but there is a ...
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What is the difference between Munich and CaraMunich malts?

I know there are different versions of each, like Light or Dark, I II III. I'd like to have the general differences between the two, mainly! Thanks!
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What is the shelf life for DME?

I have a package of Briess Golden Light DME, and I noticed on the back it had a date stamp of 130923 10:57, which I assume to mean it was produced on Sept. 23, 2013. It got me wondering if DME ...
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Colour adjustment

Is there a difference between darker malts in the color they give to the brew? Melanoiden malts are said to give a red color, chocolate malts should render the beer brown. But there is just one ...
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How long can I store crushed and whole grain?

I want to buy a large pack (25kg) but i will only use 10kg to start. How long can I store the rest? How long can they be stored if crushed?
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When do I need to use a brewing Kettle?

A lot of recipes mention using a brewing kettle to make the wort. Is this necessary, or can I just add liquid malt directly to my primary fermentor carboy? I don't have a place to boil the wort.
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Yeast starter with YM-Medium under aerob conditions?

As far as I know the most common yeast starters are malt extracts which are sealed with an airlock. But the few times I worked with yeasts in the lab we used YM-Medium (Yeast extract-Malt extract) to ...
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What is the Purpose of Adding Malt Sugars Towards the End of the Boiling of the Wort, as Opposed to the Beginning?

I am in the middle of brewing a Phat Tyre Amber Ale from Northern Brewer. After boiling the water and steeping the grain, I took the pot off and added the liquid 6lbs Munich malt syrup and the dry 1lb ...
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Why is my spent grain smelling funky?

Last sunday we brewed a couple of black porter batches with my buddies and we used a generous amount of roasted barley with pilsen malt. We put it into the frigde as soon as we finished mashing, as we ...
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If I live in a country where alcohol is prohibited, how to I deal with these obstacles? [closed]

I will have access to wheat and barley, only fresh, nothing malted. I have been reading online a little on malting. So this step doesn't seem to be an issue. My real issue is yeast. Assuming that all ...
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Quality difference between LME and DME

Is there any quality difference between the two? Dry malt extract is way more convenient for me, but are there any downsides? Can I use just DME (and no liquid malt extract) with no problems in some ...
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corn beer steps and suggestions using a home stove

I am planning to make corn beer, what are the times you would suggest for mashing? Is there a way to make it on a home stove? Has anyone got experience with that? UPDATE A friend already does corn ...
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What can I substitute for Carabelge?

I'm brewing a saison from a recipe (extract+grains) that calls for Carabelge, which my LHBS doesn't stock. The bill is 50/50 wheat & light extract (2kg each) plus 500g of Vienna and Carabelge. ...
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Is level of roast indicative of flavor contributions?

Crisp carries a 630L Chocolate malt, Munton's carries one that's 385L. Both are UK maltsters, but (not having actually tasted them) I assume that they taste quite different, even though they are ...
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What's the difference between English chocolate malt and American chocolate malt?

I'm working up a recipe based on the Deschutes Black Butte Porter clone recipe from The Jamil Show podcast. Their recipe calls for both English and American chocolate malt. I'm having a hard time ...
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Online stores for unhulled grains in Europe?

I'd like to buy some unhulled grains, like unhulled barley and unhulled rice for making my own malts. Unfortunately, the market for these doesn't really seem to be well organized. Does anyone know ...
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Did I correctly add fruit flavour to my beer?

On a whim, I decided to make a raspberry flavoured IPA. I bought a pre-made wort and some liquid malt extract. Basically, I boiled about 1.5L of water with some raspberries in one of those hop mesh ...
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Does a malt “late addition” affect OG?

I'm following a recipe from a book for an IPA that calls for the following (simplified) steps: Boil water (3G/11L) Add Light DME (1lb/450g) & return to boil Add hops At 45 mins, add LME ...
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What's the best UK malt to use instead of 'US 2-row pale ale malt'

So I know this question has been asked the other way round, but I'm in the UK and I'd like to make a solid American IPA, and I'm wondering what the best UK malt would be to replace US pale ale malt ...
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Why does my frozen wort smell like black currants?

I'm in the habit of freezing extra wort and using it for yeast starters. After I've racked the clean, cold wort from the kettle into the primary fermenter, I'm left with trub, hops, and wort in the ...
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Liquid Malt Extract Variation

While picking up supplies for my 2nd brew yesterday, I noticed that I'm using the same LME for this brew (pale ale) as I did for my last (brown ale). In fact, I only saw the one barrel, so I think ...
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Substituting American Two-Row for British Pale Ale Malt

I would like to brew Jamil's Dry Stout from Brewing Classic Styles, which calls for "British pale ale malt," but I happen to have about 75 lbs of 2-row malt already, and I would like to use it. Can I ...
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Should I boil a hopped malt extract prior to fermentation?

I am an absolute beginner; I've merely helped my brother brew once. I purchased a beer brewing kit and want to get started. John Palmer's bible suggests that I should throw out the directions that ...
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Confused by malts!

great site. I am a total newbie at brewing (used a Mr. Beer kit a few times with success), and recently got a 2 tier homebrewing system for Christmas. I got a prepackaged "American Amber Ale" kit as ...
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How do I determine the freshness of malt & hops?

In a lot of recipes I have read, there is an emphasis on the freshness of the malt and hops. If I am buying online or in my homebrew store, how do I determine the freshness of what I am buying? Are ...
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How much difference does malt make in extract brewing?

I am buying some malt extract for my next brew. Im tempted by cheap DME as its a third of the price of the specialist LME specified by the recipe. How much of a difference would that make to the final ...
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Increasing Malt Aroma

How does one get more malt aroma out of a recipe? If I want more roasty aroma I know I can add more roasted malt. But eventually, there is appoint where I can't have too much or the recipe itself ...
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Dry malting - a crazy idea?

A lot of talk is about dry-hopping in order to bring out the aroma of hops lost during the boiling process. Could a similar approach be used for malt? That is, could the addition of crushed grains to ...
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Carastan substitute?

I recently brewed a recipe that called for Carastan malt. My LHBS didn't carry it, so I just used 40 L Crystal. In the finished beer, I'm missing the toffee and toastiness found in the original. Does ...
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What kind of malt will add a molasses flavor?

I recall tasting a beer a couple years back that, from the first sip, screamed "molasses". I'd like to impart some of that flavor into a brew I'm concocting, but wasn't sure exactly where to aim. I ...
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belgian vs german pilsner malt

I've been brewing belgian beers with belgian pilsner malt, and german lagers with german pilsner malt without really thinking about it. But what is it that distinguishes these malts to make them ...
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How do I achieve a nuttier flavor?

My most recent batch I tried almond extract, but I'm not getting the nuttiness I expected. I've heard using different malts can get different nutty flavors but how can I get a rich nutty flavor?
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Munich and Vienna Malts - Dullness

I don't have a whole lot of experience (I've been brewing all-grain for less than a year) but I've found that every beer I've made with Munich or Vienna malt (usually 2 - 4 pounds in a 6-gallon batch) ...
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How do you malt your own barley?

My local health food store sells various types of grain, including barley, which are labelled "unprocessed". So my question is - can I malt this barley and use this in my homebrew? How does one malt ...
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Opinions on base malt: Prairie Malt from Biggar, Sask.

I'm wondering if any of you have any opinions on a base malt called "Prairie Malt", made by Prairie Malt Limited of Biggar, Saskatchewan (Canada). There's something in the flavor of some of my beers ...
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Differences in various Maltster's 2-Row

How much flavor variation exists for 2-row malted barley from different malsters? For example, how different is 2-row malt from Rahr, Briess, Canada Malting, Malteurop other than price?
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What is a “biscuit”?

When reading about malt and beer flavors, I often come across words like "biscuity" and "biscuitlike". Where I live (Western Canada) "biscuit" is a somewhat ambiguous term, and is not used much. ...
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What is the distinctive flavor in Warsteiner Premium Verum?

To me, there's a really distinctive flavor in Warsteiner Premium Verum. I get a ton of it in Warsteiner, a fair bit in Beck's, and a bit in Pilsner Urquell. I'm quite sure the thing I'm tasting is ...
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What is the proper way to use Melanoidin Malt in a recipe

I know Melanoidin Malt can be used as a substitute for decoction mashing, provides the richness expected in certain styles, and may improve red or brown color. So at what percentages does the malt ...
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Adding extra malt

I'm about to make 5 gallons of a rather light lager. The recipe calls for 6.5 lbs DME (munton's extra light), but I could only order two 3 lb bags and a 1 lb bag. Would it be a disaster to toss that ...
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Differences in Crystal Malt darkness

What are the effects of changing the darkness of Crystal Malt? I'm an extract brewer, and many of the recipes I've tried call for steeping some crystal malt, but I'm not always able to find the °L ...
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Do you use a default/standard base malt? What are the advantages?

Does anyone use a standard base malt to build your recipes from? What are the advantages? A couple of obvious advantages would be having the ability to buy large bags of the base malt (and ensuring ...