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Offline Lazy Ant Brewing

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How much buckwheat?
« on: August 13, 2017, 12:40:23 PM »
Just read the latest issue of BYO magazine about brewing with ancient grains and would like to make a buckwheat porter in the 5% ABV range.

I would like to get a bit of the nutty flavor buckwheat is supposed to offer without it dominating.

My questions:

Malted or toasted or roasted?

And what percentage of the grain bill?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
 
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Re: How much buckwheat?
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2017, 04:32:28 PM »
I've gotten noticeable but not aggressive flavor at as little as 5%. That was in a saison. In a porter I might think about 10-15%.

This was unmalted, plain buckwheat.

If you have Indian/Asian/Latin grocery stores in your area you should find buckwheat hidden away somewhere for a good price. Usually at Asian or Latin stores you'll find it among their Indian ingredients. They'll only carry unmalted buckwheat though.

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Re: How much buckwheat?
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2017, 12:30:45 PM »
Do you grind it with the rest of your grains and then add to the mash or do you so something else with it?

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Re: How much buckwheat?
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2017, 03:13:29 PM »
If you just care about flavor contribution you could throw it in the mash along with the other grains. If you also want conversion then you'll want to do a cereal mash or at least give the buckwheat a good long boil.
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Re: How much buckwheat?
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2017, 09:13:54 PM »
Malted buckwheat is available.
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Re: How much buckwheat?
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2017, 12:43:25 PM »
I'll probably use unmalted buckwheat as I can get it locally.  If I order it, I'll have to pay shipping.  However, if someone could convince me that malted buckwheat would provide more flavor, I would use it.
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Re: How much buckwheat?
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2017, 10:14:40 PM »
I'll probably use unmalted buckwheat as I can get it locally.  If I order it, I'll have to pay shipping.  However, if someone could convince me that malted buckwheat would provide more flavor, I would use it.

I've never used it, but I have used millet malt with good success and just bought some rice malt to experiment with.
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