How do you make your own malt?

Answered by Brandon Riddell

To make your own , you will need raw barley, a large bucket, cool , and some patience. Making malt at home can be a rewarding process, as it allows you to have control over the quality and flavor of the malt you use in your endeavors.

1. Start by placing the raw barley in a large bucket. Make sure the bucket is clean and sanitized to avoid any contamination. The amount of barley you use will depend on how much malt you want to produce, but a good starting point is about 5 pounds (2.3 kilograms).

2. Once the barley is in the bucket, fill it with enough cool water to fully submerge the kernels. The water should be at a temperature of around 60°F (15°C). It's important to use cool water to prevent the barley from germinating prematurely.

3. Let the barley soak in the water for a total of eight hours. This soaking process allows the kernels to absorb moisture and begin the germination process. During this time, the barley will start to break down starches into fermentable sugars.

4. After the initial eight-hour soak, spread the moist grains out on a clean surface to air-dry for another eight hours. This step is crucial in halting the germination process and allowing the barley to develop enzymes that will convert starches into sugars during the brewing process.

5. Once the grains have dried, place them back into the bucket and soak them again for another eight hours. This additional soak will help promote the growth of chits, which are the rootlets that emerge from the kernels. Chits are essential for the malting process, as they contain enzymes that convert starches into sugars.

6. After the second soaking, you should start to see chits emerging from the kernels. These chits indicate that the barley has successfully malted and is ready for the next step in the brewing process.

7. At this point, you can choose to kiln-dry the malted barley if you want to preserve it for future use. Kilning involves drying the malted barley in an oven or kiln at low temperatures to remove excess moisture and further develop flavors. However, if you plan to use the malt immediately, you can skip this step and proceed with the brewing process.

Making your own malt at home requires time and patience, but the results can be truly rewarding. By controlling the malting process, you have the opportunity to create unique flavors and aromas in your homemade brews. Experiment with different varieties of barley and malting techniques to find your own signature malt profile. Cheers to your malt-making adventure!