The 5 signs of how to spot great craft malt
Brewers - Home & Pro often ask us how to spot great craft malt from mainstream malt or ordinary or worse still poor quality or well past it malt! Nobody wants to brew a beer that tastes like stale bread so why would you use second grade malt for your craft beer or homebrew? In this short and snappy talk at "Good Beer Wheaty 2015" Doug Michael - 5th Generation Malting Barley Grower, 1st Generation Maltster and co-founder @GladfieldMalt, shares the 5 signs of how to spot great craft malt and how to read a craft malt specification and what to look for in your malt before you brew.
How do you spot great craft malt?
- Size - Plump! Fat & Even
- Colour - Clean & Bright
- Clean - Free from Dust & Chaff
- Aroma - Smells Sweet & Fresh
- Taste - Fresh & Friable (good crunch in your mouth and full of flavour)
What to look for in a typical craft malt specification
- Diastatic Power 200 - 250 (wk)
- FAN 120-140 mg/l
- Kolbach Index 37-40
- Friability 90-95