BREWING MALT TYPES – CHARACTERISTICS TO KNOW

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Malt is the backbone of your beer. As a rule of thumb, the weight of malt needed accounts for 95 to 98% of the total weight of your dry ingredients. Without malt, there wouldn’t be any beer. Knowing your malt types is essential when brewing all grain. It’s also useful to understand what particular characteristics a given malt extract will impart your finished beer when brewing with an ingredient kit.

 

In this article, we’ll review

  • what are the BASIC CHARACTERISTICS of malt, and HOW MALT IS PRODUCED
  • what TYPES OF CEREAL VARIETIES may be used for malting
  • BASE MALTS, SPECIALTY MALTS and how to use them
  • brewing MALT TYPES – why CHOSING ORGANIC?

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WHAT’S THE BEER FLAVOR WHEEL? A GREAT TOOL TO TRAIN YOUR TASTING SKILLS

Dr. Morten Christian Meilgaard (1928-2009), was a Denmark born research chemist specialized in yeasts. He worked in America in the 1970s for Stroh brewery in Detroit, later bought by Miller until he retired in 1999. He is considered as the most prominent pioneer in SENSORY EVALUATION SCIENCE, and developed the complete beer tasting identification and description system, universally used in the field. So, what’s the beer flavor wheel and why is this interesting?

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ALL GRAIN BREWING FOR BEGINNERS – WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE GETTING STARTED

For a beginner, complicated brewing techniques can be intimidating, and when it comes to all grain brewing, the whole process can seem a bit mysterious and scientific. This is why it is actually recommended getting STARTED WITH BREWING USING EXTRACTS. This way you will learn the basics of making beer in 6 easy steps – sanitation, boiling, chilling the wort, transferring the wort into the fermentation vessel, pitching the yeast, priming for conditioning and bottling. If you follow the instructions, use common sense and care, you will end up with good beer.

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