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Re: malty For me, malty is one of those kind of 'irreducible' qualities, i.e. it's hard to describe exactly what else it tastes like besides malt, in the same way that it's hard to say exactly what 'grape-y' tastes like, aside from 'like grapes'. A very large part of maltiness as a distinct flavor is melanoidins, the product of Maillard reactions between ...


Sweetness does overlap with maltiness, but sweetness definitely can come from things besides the final gravity. Maltiness can come from high mash temps, and at least in my beers they seem to not be too sweet. When I mash high, but without a lot of specialty malts, I get an increase in body, and a nice thick head but the beer can still be kind of plain. ...

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