How we pick our products
Welcome to our big malt test 2022. Here we present all the malt products we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best malt for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy malt.
- 1 Summary
- 2 The best Malt: Our Picks
- 3 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying malt
- 4 Decision: What types of malt are there and which is the right one for you?
- 5 Buying criteria: You can compare and evaluate malt on the basis of these factors
- If you want to brew your own mash and create your own malt blends, giving free rein to your creativity, then you should choose malt. Malt forms the body of your beer and is essential in homebrewing.
- There is a wide range of malts that allow for endless combinations and thus flavour variations for your beer.
- Malt is cheaper than malt extracts, easier to store and has a longer shelf life. You can buy it in stores from 1.50 euros per kilo. In larger quantities, from 25 kg, you pay on average only 1.15 euros per kilo.
The best Malt: Our Picks
Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying malt
What is malt anyway?
It is very important to pay attention to the storage conditions of malt.
What influence does the malt have on my beer?
Therefore, a waterproof thermometer is indispensable for brewing the perfect beer.
The table in the buying criteria can show you which original wort is required for which beer. The type of malt can also influence the taste: If you use light varieties that are kilned at lower temperatures, the beer will be tart like a Pilsener. Dark malts give your beer a malty, sweet flavour and also make it much darker in the brewing process.
You can brew not only alcoholic beer from malt, but also non-alcoholic beer.
What types of malt are there?
What alternatives are there to malt?
How much should my malt cost and how much do I need?
|Base malts||from € 1.50 per kilo|
|Special malts||from € 1.80 per kilo|
|Finished malt blends||approx. € 5 per kilo|
If you are not sure about your choice of malt, this is an easy alternative to get a good beer result. For 10 litres of beer, you need an average of 2.1 kg of malt. You can put this together from as many varieties as you like. There are no limits to your joy of experimentation.
Decision: What types of malt are there and which is the right one for you?
Basically, you can distinguish between two different types of malt:
- Base malts
- Special malts
Depending on how you like to drink your beer, either a basic malt or a special blend is suitable for you. In the following, we would like to help you find out which types of malt are best suited for you and your beer. For this purpose, we will clearly present the two types of malt mentioned above and explain what their advantages and disadvantages are in each case.
What is a base malt and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
Malt is produced when the grain is germinated and then dried. In breweries in Germany, barley is the predominant grain used for this purpose. When a malt makes up the majority of the beer, it is called the base malt. These properties thus allow it to be used in larger quantities and no other malt is absolutely necessary.
Base malts can be used for almost all types of beer. The most commonly used barley malt in Europe is Pilsener malt. It is characterised by its light colour and can also be supplemented with special malts (such as coloured malts). This can turn the light Pilsener beer into a dark beer. On the other hand, the taste cannot be changed greatly with a base malt alone. Only with the help of a special malt can properties such as full-bodiedness, certain aromas or reddish colour changes be achieved.
What is a special malt and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
To brew beer, you need a base malt, such as a Pilsener, Munich or Pale Ale malt. In addition, a special malt can be used, which is needed for a desired aroma, for example.
This not only refines the taste, but can also compensate for undesirable characteristics.
The foam can be stabilised and the shelf life is extended. In the production of special malts, an additional processing step is added. For example, caramel malts are sugared before kilning. The result is that the yeasts cannot ferment this sugar into alcohol. The Maillard reaction that takes place creates a special aroma. This aroma is perceived as a strong caramel taste, with flavours of sultanas, plums and nuts. A typical pithy aroma can then be achieved by using melanoid malt. This stabilises and intensifies the aromas and the beer is perceived as fuller-bodied. The colour is also influenced by the special malt. The amount of melanoid malt used can be up to 20 percent and is thus significantly lower than that of base malts.
The usual dosage of a beer is approximately 90 percent base malt and ten percent special malt. Caution: It is not possible to brew beer with a special malt alone. The reason for this is that the properties of special malts are technologically insufficient to successfully complete the further steps of production.
Buying criteria: You can compare and evaluate malt on the basis of these factors
If you have a clear idea of the type of beer you want to brew, you should select the malt that matches it. Malt has a decisive influence on the taste, alcohol content and colour of your beer. Therefore, you should think carefully about which types of malt you use for brewing. You can find information about which types of malt you should use to achieve the desired result on the Beer Types page under Buying Criteria.
Taste and colour
Do you want to influence the full-bodiedness and colour of your beer or achieve a special taste? Then there is the possibility of using special types of malt. By using caramel malt, you can add more foam and flavour to your beer. It also gives your beer a reddish hue and a richer colour. You can also achieve this by using melanoidin malt.
Malt is available in grist and un-grist. Depending on the quantity and the desired taste of the beer, the malt should only be ground shortly before brewing.
|Ground malt||Unground malt|
|Ground malt is the perfect choice for beginners. Unlike the unhusked malt, hulled malt must be consumed within a few weeks||The unhusked malt is more suitable for advanced brewers and can be stored at room temperature for up to two years.|
Ground malt has the advantage that it only needs to be boiled. As a beginner, it also makes sense to use ground malt first. This way you get a feeling for how fine or coarse the malt needs to be ground, and you save yourself a considerable amount of work and do notneed any additional equipment. On the downside, you should use up the malt quickly, as it does not keep for long. However, it should keep for several weeks if stored in a dark, cool, dry and airtight place.
Unground malt has the advantage that it can be kept for longer, which means that special malts that are only needed in small quantities can be stored for a long time. It also has a more intense flavour . So if you want a beer with strong malt flavours, you should grind your malt fresh.
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