Malt for Beer Brewing with John Mallett – BeerSmith Podcast #94

by Brad Smith on December 23, 2014 · 1 comment

PodNew200John Mallett, the Director of Operations at Bell’s Brewing joins me to talk about his new book “Malt: A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse” This is the final book in the four part Brewing Element series from Brewer’s Publications. John discusses varieties of malt, the malting process and how various malts are used in beer brewing.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (49:00)

  • John Mallett is the Director of Operations at Bell’s Brewery. John has just released his new book Malt: A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse (Amazon affiliate link) which is the last in the four part brewing element series.
  • Thank you to our sponsor Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine who is still offering a 20% discount with your subscription when you use the offer code beersmith when you purchase. Also thanks to the AHA – they are running a Gift Membership promotion from now until 31 December 2014, which includes a free book or video along with your membership card you can use for yourself or give it to a fellow brewer.
  • Also check out the new DVDs John Palmer and I filmed – How to Brew with Malt Extract and How to Brew All Grain are both available now and you can also find my BeerSmith software on CD or BeerSmith Mobile which great gifts for the holiday or New Year!
  • We start by discussing some of the new projects at Bell’s Brewery which is a very popular craft brewery.
  • John tells us about finishing up his new book on Malt – which was released just a few days before we recorded this episode.
  • We talk about why malt is the “Soul of beer”
  • John shares some thoughts on the history of malting and how malting may have come about many thousands of years ago
  • We discuss the malting process and how a malt-house takes raw barley and malts and kilns it
  • John explains how kilning and roasting is done to create pale malts as well as many specialty malts
  • We talk about how Caramel malt is handled differently than roasted malt – and the green malt is actually mashed within the kernal
  • We cover some additional specialty malts such as unmalted grains, flaked/torrified grains and dehusked grains
  • John shares his thoughts on malts and recipe formulation – including the importance of tasting malts
  • We discuss how malt extract is made – by boiling under a vacuum at low temperature
  • John talks a bit about mash chemistry including alpha and beta amylase and how they work to create fermentable sugars
  • We briefly discuss storage of grains and milling grains
  • John shares his closing thoughts on malt!

Thanks to John Mallett for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!

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Jes Folke Birch-Nielsen March 27, 2015 at 12:17 pm

Dear Brad,

Just had a cosy time with podcast #94 with you and John Mallet talking about different types of grains. Did you know that it has been possible to brew “normal” beer without using malted barley? 🙂

Best Regards Jes

Yes, it’s also me with the olive oil indstead of eareating 😉

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