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does rye malt always have a gray-blueish tint to it?
« on: March 14, 2012, 06:08:47 AM »
Brewing with rye malt for only the second time, and it seems like it has a blue-ish gray-ish powdery tint to it, looks almost like a mold, but it doesn't really flake off or dust off; it seems integral to the grain. I can't remember seeing this before, but I only used rye last summer for the first time and may have missed it?

A quick Google image search shows some pictures with this stuff on the grain, and some without... the grain smells fine and tastes fine so I think it IS fine.... but any more knowledge on this situation would be appreciated.

BTW it is Canada Malting Rye Malt, from Rebel Brewer, got it shipped in about 2 weeks ago.

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Re: does rye malt always have a gray-blueish tint to it?
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2012, 06:16:16 AM »
Not rye specifically, but I feel like I've seen other malts with this. Hard to tell without seeing what you've got myself.
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Re: does rye malt always have a gray-blueish tint to it?
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2012, 06:47:07 AM »
Mine looks like this:


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Re: does rye malt always have a gray-blueish tint to it?
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2012, 06:56:14 AM »
Yeah, that doesn't look normal...at least compared to the domestic rye that I use.  Who knows, though.  Maybe those Canadians grow their grain blue?
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Re: does rye malt always have a gray-blueish tint to it?
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2012, 07:10:37 AM »
Well it must be somewhat common, because I stole that image off Google, where about 50% of the pictures from various LHBS's look like that.... 

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Re: does rye malt always have a gray-blueish tint to it?
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2012, 07:25:40 AM »
Well it must be somewhat common, because I stole that image off Google, where about 50% of the pictures from various LHBS's look like that....

Maybe it is "normal"  :o  I just haven't ever seen blue grain when browsing around Northern Brewer's grain bins.
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Re: does rye malt always have a gray-blueish tint to it?
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2012, 07:51:38 AM »
looks normal to me.

my folks grow rye on the farm.  looks like that.

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Re: does rye malt always have a gray-blueish tint to it?
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2012, 08:28:39 AM »
That's what all the rye I've ever used has looked like.

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Re: does rye malt always have a gray-blueish tint to it?
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2012, 08:31:13 AM »
Rye are you so worried about this?  :D


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Re: does rye malt always have a gray-blueish tint to it?
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2012, 08:47:34 AM »
Rye are you so worried about this?  :D


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Re: does rye malt always have a gray-blueish tint to it?
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2012, 08:51:20 AM »
Rye are you so worried about this?  :D


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Re: does rye malt always have a gray-blueish tint to it?
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2012, 09:26:53 AM »
Looks normal to me.
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Re: does rye malt always have a gray-blueish tint to it?
« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2012, 05:31:08 AM »
I was perusing the Northern Brewer catalog and noticed that their rye malt picture looks similar.
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Re: does rye malt always have a gray-blueish tint to it?
« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2012, 07:54:16 AM »
It could be ergot, in which I wouldn't brew with it (but would definitely eat it). ;D
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Re: does rye malt always have a gray-blueish tint to it?
« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2012, 09:11:45 AM »
It could be ergot, in which I wouldn't brew with it (but would definitely eat it). ;D

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