Understanding Malts with Jeff Bloem – BeerSmith Podcast #299

by Brad Smith on February 23, 2024 · 0 comments

Jeff Bloem from Murphy & Rude malting joins me this week to demystify the various types of malts used in brewing beer.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (54:38)

  • This week I welcome back Jeff Bloem, the founder and head malster at Murphy & Rude malting, Virginia’s first dedicated craft malting specialty house. Jeff joins us to cut through some of the marketing hype and fancy names from the big malt houses and decode brewing malts.
  • We start with a quick update from Jeff on the changes at Murphy & Rude in the three years since we last had him on the show.
  • Jeff explains the value of Craft Malt for both home brewing and commercial brewing and how, if anything, the case has strengthened for craft malt the last few years.
  • We discuss how large malt suppliers often confuse brewers with branding and fancy names for common malts, and some of the methods you can use to determine what malt you are actually buying.
  • We talk about the key malt specifications and how they affect brewing.
  • Jeff tells us about the four basic types of malt, and what differentiates them.
  • We discuss flavor, color and its importance in malt.
  • Jeff tells us a bit about how his operations have dramatically expanded the last few years including changes in process.
  • We talk about his new Grain Store which sells small and large quantities to home brewers and commercial brewers. You can brows his store at this link.
  • Jeff shares his closing thoughts.


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