Crushed Base Malt

Base malt is the basis of all beers. Several varieties of barley are used with Maris Otter being the most highly prized. Although Halcyon, Optic and the newcomer, Pearl, are also excellent malting barleys. Also available exclusively from the Homebrew Company is the legendary Golden Promise, which has its own unique character. Experimentation is strongly advised, as the subtle differences between pale malts are difficult to put into words. Pale malt is kilned very dry at temperatures between 95°C and 105°C. Lager malts form the basis of lager beers. Pilsner and lager malts are kilned slightly cooler than pale malts, which gives them a more delicate flavour. Munich malt and Vienna malt are used for the darker lager styles indigenous to Bavaria.

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