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Using malted barley
« on: October 11, 2013, 06:26:11 PM »
I'm new here. I haven't even started homebrewing yet, but I have a question about using malted grains rather than a malt extract kit.

When using a kit that combines malt extract with specialty grains, the usual approach (or so I have been told) is
1. boil and seep the specialty grains in a bag,
2. remove the grains from the water,
3. bring the water back to a boil,
4. remove the water pot from the burner,
5. add malt extract and stir,
6. return water pot (wort) to a boil for 45 - 60 minutes,
7. add hops,
8. cool wort as quickly as possible,
9. strain wort into a carboy and mix with enough water for five gallons,
10. etc., etc.

Now the question: All else being equal to the liquid extract kit procedure, if I simply boiled specialty grains and malted barley in a grain bag instead of using the malt extract, would I have decent beer from the endeavor?

The reason for my question, unfortunately, is another question: If I use barley that is already malted, why would I have to use a partial mashing process to make wort?

Thanks in advance for your response.


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Re: Using malted barley
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2013, 06:26:54 PM »
From one unbrewed noob to another, I believe the answer to your partial mash Q is, You don't.

To answer your first Q last, Sure you would.

In all the studying I've done, the overwhelming majority of vids and reading I've come across is a simple process of mashing your malt then going on with a normal boil adding the hops IAW the recipe.

I'm getting ready to purchase all the ingredients for a first batch this week when the market is open.

In my neck-o-the-woods I even have to malt my own grain too.  Kits and malted grains are simply unheard of in Ukraine (beer is cheaper than coffee so why brew it at home?) so if ya want to do it, you do it all yourself.

YouTube and Google are your friends.

Good luck!