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« on: October 26, 2015, 07:49:50 PM »
Any feedback on specialty malts for a brown ale? I am thinking about adding up to 5% of something but don't really know what route to go. Maybe something like special roast, biscuit, amber malt? I am looking for something that is not crystal or dark roasted malt.
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Re: specialty malts for brown ale
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2015, 07:54:03 PM »
Amber malt might be good to try at that amount. It has a biscuity, slightly roasted character.
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Re: specialty malts for brown ale
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2015, 08:09:57 PM »
Go to your local shop, and eat one kernel of each of several specialty malts.  The shopowner shouldn't care.  Pick the one that you think tastes the best.

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Re: specialty malts for brown ale
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2015, 08:13:43 PM »
Amber malt might be good to try at that amount. It has a biscuity, slightly roasted character.

Thanks for the feedback. Most descriptions compare it to biscuit malt so that makes sense. I use it in an imperial black ale that is very complex so it is hard to pick out.

Is Briess' special roast their version of another maltster's product (brown malt)? I vaguely remember something about that which randomly came to mind...
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Re: specialty malts for brown ale
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2015, 08:14:29 PM »
Go to your local shop, and eat one kernel of each of several specialty malts.  The shopowner shouldn't care.  Pick the one that you think tastes the best.

Gosh... I need to start following my own advice.

Yeah I haven't done that in a while. Good thought.
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Re: specialty malts for brown ale
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2015, 09:42:23 PM »
Is Briess' special roast their version of another maltster's product (brown malt)? I vaguely remember something about that which randomly came to mind...

No, not really. Special Roast is a deeper kilned biscuit malt, where brown malt has more roasty character.
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Re: specialty malts for brown ale
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2015, 09:43:55 PM »
Is Briess' special roast their version of another maltster's product (brown malt)? I vaguely remember something about that which randomly came to mind...

No, not really. Special Roast is a deeper kilned biscuit malt, where brown malt has more roasty character.

Thanks. I thought I remember seeing it as nearly identical to something else.
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Re: specialty malts for brown ale
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2015, 10:37:46 PM »
Special Roast seems like a Special B type malt.


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Re: specialty malts for brown ale
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2015, 11:05:56 PM »
Special Roast seems like a Special B type malt.


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Tastes much different to me...much drier, not as sweet
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Re: specialty malts for brown ale
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2015, 11:13:15 PM »
Any feedback on specialty malts for a brown ale? I am thinking about adding up to 5% of something but don't really know what route to go. Maybe something like special roast, biscuit, amber malt? I am looking for something that is not crystal or dark roasted malt.

What are you trying to accomplish?  I really suggest you have a goal in mind.
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Re: specialty malts for brown ale
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2015, 11:15:44 PM »
What's your base malt? You could get some flavor from that by using some Vienna or Munich as some of your grist. Victory is probably a nice choice for a small speciality malt addition, too.
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Re: specialty malts for brown ale
« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2015, 11:16:21 PM »
Special Roast seems like a Special B type malt.


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Tastes much different to me...much drier, not as sweet


+1.  It really is a darker, stronger biscuit malt to me.

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Re: specialty malts for brown ale
« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2015, 11:17:15 PM »
For ideas and comparison, here's my multi award winning American brown recipe....http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/NotiBrownAle
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Re: specialty malts for brown ale
« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2015, 11:35:04 PM »
Special Roast seems like a Special B type malt.


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Tastes much different to me...much drier, not as sweet


+1.  It really is a darker, stronger biscuit malt to me.

Yep, and I definitely get that sourdough tang from it.  I like it, but I keep forgetting about it.

RPI, maybe you're thinking of Extra Special Roast?
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« Reply #14 on: October 26, 2015, 11:49:25 PM »
Yep, and I definitely get that sourdough tang from it.  I like it, but I keep forgetting about it.

RPI, maybe you're thinking of Extra Special Roast?

Yes your right. I got the two mixed up.