Author Topic: Biscuit Malt: Biscuit as in biscuit (us) or biscuit as in cookie (uk)  (Read 1259 times)

Offline tonyp

  • Brewmaster
  • *****
  • Posts: 656
  • If it ain't broke you aren't trying hard enough...
    • View Profile
I've never used biscuit malt and I was wondering which biscuit it tastes like. In the UK, biscuits are what we call cookies here in the US, but here, biscuits taste like, well, muffins sorta?

I'll assume that the malt originated in Europe, so does it have a cookie-like flavor or more of a KFC biscuit flavor?
Live from the Jersey Shore!

Phrases for Creatives, #22:
"I'll try being nicer if you'll try being smarter."

Offline HoosierBrew

  • Global Moderator
  • I must live here
  • *****
  • Posts: 13030
  • Indianapolis,IN
    • View Profile
Re: Biscuit Malt: Biscuit as in biscuit (us) or biscuit as in cookie (uk)
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2014, 06:43:03 PM »
To me, way more of a 'KFC biscuit' flavor as opposed to a sweet cookie. It's toasty in sort of a pleasantly sharp way. If you've used Maris Otter malt, picture that type of toasty character.
Jon H.

Offline majorvices

  • Global Moderator
  • I must live here
  • *****
  • Posts: 9685
  • Polka. If its too loud you're too young.
    • View Profile
    • Yellowhammer Brewing Company
Re: Biscuit Malt: Biscuit as in biscuit (us) or biscuit as in cookie (uk)
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2014, 06:51:43 PM »
Hoosier has never had an english biscuit. ;) They aren't  very sweet and that's more what it tastes like to me. KFC biscuits taste like artificial butter and shortening. Just sayin'. ;)

Offline tonyp

  • Brewmaster
  • *****
  • Posts: 656
  • If it ain't broke you aren't trying hard enough...
    • View Profile
Re: Biscuit Malt: Biscuit as in biscuit (us) or biscuit as in cookie (uk)
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2014, 06:56:25 PM »
but it def tastes like a biscuit vs a cookie then?
Live from the Jersey Shore!

Phrases for Creatives, #22:
"I'll try being nicer if you'll try being smarter."

Offline HoosierBrew

  • Global Moderator
  • I must live here
  • *****
  • Posts: 13030
  • Indianapolis,IN
    • View Profile
Re: Biscuit Malt: Biscuit as in biscuit (us) or biscuit as in cookie (uk)
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2014, 06:56:32 PM »
Hoosier has never had an english biscuit. ;) They aren't  very sweet and that's more what it tastes like to me. KFC biscuits taste like artificial butter and shortening. Just sayin'. ;)

Yeah, evidently !  Times used biscuit malt - tons.   Times eaten English biscuits  - umm.......zero.    :D


EDIT - I was answering biscuit vs cookie FWIW.
« Last Edit: December 06, 2014, 08:06:28 PM by HoosierBrew »
Jon H.

Offline majorvices

  • Global Moderator
  • I must live here
  • *****
  • Posts: 9685
  • Polka. If its too loud you're too young.
    • View Profile
    • Yellowhammer Brewing Company
Re: Biscuit Malt: Biscuit as in biscuit (us) or biscuit as in cookie (uk)
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2014, 07:04:51 PM »
English biscuits are dry, crumbly, barely sweet, thick, and pretty bland. Not anyway I can see them being enjoyable. Kinda like a cookie but without a lot of sweet. They have a wheat/bran like flavor.

Offline majorvices

  • Global Moderator
  • I must live here
  • *****
  • Posts: 9685
  • Polka. If its too loud you're too young.
    • View Profile
    • Yellowhammer Brewing Company
Re: Biscuit Malt: Biscuit as in biscuit (us) or biscuit as in cookie (uk)
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2014, 07:07:50 PM »
I'll add that to me biscuit malt is kinda like the flavor of maris otter only intensified. Kinda like melenoidin malt is to Munich.

Offline erockrph

  • Official Poobah of No Life.
  • *
  • Posts: 6229
  • Chepachet, RI
    • View Profile
    • The Hop WHisperer
Re: Biscuit Malt: Biscuit as in biscuit (us) or biscuit as in cookie (uk)
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2014, 07:09:20 PM »
I'll add that to me biscuit malt is kinda like the flavor of maris otter only intensified. Kinda like melenoidin malt is to Munich.
That's exactly how I think of it:
Biscuit and Victory = amped up MO
Melanoiden and Aromatic = amped up Munich
Eric B.

Finally got around to starting a homebrewing blog: The Hop Whisperer

Offline tonyp

  • Brewmaster
  • *****
  • Posts: 656
  • If it ain't broke you aren't trying hard enough...
    • View Profile
Re: Biscuit Malt: Biscuit as in biscuit (us) or biscuit as in cookie (uk)
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2014, 08:05:38 PM »
I'll add that to me biscuit malt is kinda like the flavor of maris otter only intensified. Kinda like melenoidin malt is to Munich.

ok now that totally makes sense, thanks!
Live from the Jersey Shore!

Phrases for Creatives, #22:
"I'll try being nicer if you'll try being smarter."

Offline tonyp

  • Brewmaster
  • *****
  • Posts: 656
  • If it ain't broke you aren't trying hard enough...
    • View Profile
Re: Biscuit Malt: Biscuit as in biscuit (us) or biscuit as in cookie (uk)
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2014, 08:07:21 PM »
I'll add that to me biscuit malt is kinda like the flavor of maris otter only intensified. Kinda like melenoidin malt is to Munich.
That's exactly how I think of it:
Biscuit and Victory = amped up MO
Melanoiden and Aromatic = amped up Munich

great, thanks Eric!

Live from the Jersey Shore!

Phrases for Creatives, #22:
"I'll try being nicer if you'll try being smarter."

Offline davidj

  • 1st Kit
  • *
  • Posts: 5
    • View Profile
Re: Biscuit Malt: Biscuit as in biscuit (us) or biscuit as in cookie (uk)
« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2014, 03:07:20 AM »
English biscuits are dry, crumbly, barely sweet, thick, and pretty bland. Not anyway I can see them being enjoyable. Kinda like a cookie but without a lot of sweet. They have a wheat/bran like flavor.

Funny they seem quite popular in the UK, last time I was there seemed most markets had a whole aisle of biscuits. The blander ones "Rich Tea" come to mind, are mainly for dunking in tea, they even sell them in our local calif market. Try some garibaldi's, Jaffa cakes, Hob nobs, I'll think you'll find they are not so bland. They don't tend to use as much sugar as we do here in most things, maybe that why they live a year and a bit longer than us Americans.
« Last Edit: December 11, 2014, 03:25:06 AM by davidj »