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Subject: What is aromatic malt
Author: sies1221
Apr 17th, 2008
8:31 pm
I am starting all grain brew soon, like tomorrow, and I would like to use one of the recipes from Charlie Papazian's book Joy of Homebrewing. The only problem is that the recipe calls for .5 lb of aromatic malt and I don't know what that is. Is aromatic malt just a generic name for a malt that adds aroma or something like that? If anyone could help me out that would be great.
Subject: Re: What is aromatic malt
Author: rainbeer
Apr 17th, 2008
8:47 pm
Any LHBS will carry Aromatic malt just ask them for it.


From a quick Google I found:

http://www.realbeer.com/spencer/FAQ/grain.html

Aromatic (Mildly Kilned) 26 L
Used at rates of up to 10%, Aromatic malt will lend a distinct, almost exaggerated malt aroma and flavor to the finished Ales and Lagers. Aromatic malt also has a rich color and is high in diastatic power for aid in starch conversion. D/C Aromatic malt. As the name suggests, adds aromatics to a beer. At 25 Lovi, it is grouped in the upper end of the "Munich Malts" category. It shows conversion by itself, with a diastatic power of 29, as compared to D/C munich with a DP of 50 and Pils with a DP of 105. When using Aromatic malts, be sure to calculate the additional extract and color that will be added, since this malt contributes both.
Subject: Re: What is aromatic malt
Author: Poca
Apr 17th, 2008
8:59 pm
I've used Belgian Aromatic, and it lends a very malty aroma and flavor to your brew. I'm pretty sure there are different variations made by different companies. I've only used the Belgian though, and I wouldn't use much in a recipe. Less than a pound fow show.
Subject: Re: What is aromatic malt
Author: Coctyle
Apr 17th, 2008
9:14 pm
Yeah, it definately affects the flavor, not just the aroma. In fact, I personally think the flavor affect is much more significant, but I am not that great with distinguishing aromas. I am talking about the belgian aromatic, I think it is Dingmans.
Subject: Re: What is aromatic malt
Author: mroakley
Apr 17th, 2008
9:29 pm
According to Northern Brewer:

"Dingemans Aromatic

19? L. A hybrid Munich malt. At a rate as low as 10% it will lend a distinct, almost exaggerated malt aroma and flavor."
Subject: Re: What is aromatic malt
Author: DConn
Apr 17th, 2008
11:02 pm
For most aromatic malts, 10% or so is about as high as I'd go. MFB makes a "Special Aromatic", though, that you can use as a base malt.
Subject: Re: What is aromatic malt
Author: consumes
Apr 17th, 2008
11:29 pm
which is sort of misleading ... if its special it should be much more intense .. at least thats how i look at it

oh well
Subject: Re: What is aromatic malt
Author: natesampson
Apr 17th, 2008
11:49 pm
The Special Aromatic by Franco Belges was specifically produced for the Palm brewery in Belgium. It has recently been available outside of that brewery. It makes wonderful beers all by itself.
Use 100% spec. aromatic, lightly hopped, and use a clean Belgian yeast, and you've got a nice summer drinking Belgian style pale. Nummy!
Subject: Re: What is aromatic malt
Author: DConn
Apr 18th, 2008
3:19 pm
Why should "special" mean more intense?
Subject: Re: What is aromatic malt
Author: BryansBrew
Apr 18th, 2008
6:14 pm
I've used aromatic a lot in german lagers and darker beers. About 4-5%
Subject: Re: What is aromatic malt
Author: consumes
Apr 18th, 2008
11:21 pm
thats just how my crazy mind works denny ..... special is more and less is well "not so special"
Subject: Re: What is aromatic malt
Author: Bigbrews
Apr 19th, 2008
2:50 pm
While we're at it, what makes Special B so special. What's the difference between that and regular B?

Subject: Re: What is aromatic malt
Author: natesampson
Apr 19th, 2008
2:52 pm
can't say I've used regular B. I would guess it has less of the raisin effect.
Things that make you go, Hmmm..
Subject: Re: What is aromatic malt
Author: DConn
Apr 19th, 2008
4:13 pm
Tom, you made my head hurt....
Subject: Re: What is aromatic malt
Author: Coctyle
Apr 21st, 2008
7:59 pm
K is not nearly as good as Special K
Subject: Re: What is aromatic malt
Author: mjarvis
Apr 22nd, 2008
1:08 am
Special B is good - but Special C is much much better if you can find it....

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Subject: Re: What is aromatic malt
Author: DavidS
Apr 22nd, 2008
1:13 am
You haven't lived until you've mashed a little Special K. This makes a beer fit for the Gods.
Subject: Re: What is aromatic malt
Author: Rex_Irae
Apr 22nd, 2008
1:33 am
Aromatic is a Belgian malt.
Both Castle and Dingeman's make the stuff.
Not sure of any difference between the two.

I tend to think of it as a "double Munich," if that makes any sense.
Subject: Re: What is aromatic malt
Author: DConn
Apr 22nd, 2008
3:46 pm
But Special C is NOTHING compared to Extra Special Z...it goes to 11!!!
Subject: Re: What is aromatic malt
Author: DavidS
Apr 22nd, 2008
5:19 pm
Would top shelf, Extra Special Z, be the same as ZZ Top?
Subject: Re: What is aromatic malt
Author: DConn
Apr 22nd, 2008
5:39 pm
Only if it had a beard....
Subject: Re: What is aromatic malt
Author: surferslats
Apr 22nd, 2008
5:48 pm
Or has the last name "Beard"...

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