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Old 10-18-2005, 04:25 AM   #1
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When I was a kid... maybe 9 or 10, I ordered a "malt" thinking it was the same thing as a "shake." It was awful. At least by my standards back then. I'm 31 now and yesterday I decided I would try one again. I got my vanilla malt, and at the first sip, I then realized what "malt" was! Tasted just like DME! How could I not have realized this?
So tonight, I made a milkshake at home, added 1-2 tbsp of light DME and what do you know... a malted milkshake! I wish I had a kid to share it with

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I've always preferred malts, if they're made right. Got one once, and the malt stuff wasn't mixed up. It was all crunchy. Blech.

Since I started brewing, I've wondered if they actually use DME in them, or some imitation stuff.

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I don't recall the last time I had a malted milk shake but I know I HATE malted milk balls. Or at least I did before I started this hobby... hmm, Should I purchase or make my own.

So, I'm confused now. what is the core ingredient of "Malt Shakes". It ain't barley malt is it?? I'm not interested enough to google this one...

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I worked at a Sonic all through high school. A malt was just a milkshake that they added some sort of powder to.

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Old 10-18-2005, 04:36 AM   #5
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malto-dextrin to add body, probably.

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My web search reveals that "malt" is indeed malted barley. Carnation Malted Milk powder is just malt plus powdered milk. And the malt I made tonight was excellent and tasted even better than the restaurant malt I had yesterday - my guess is they use the powdered stuff and quality ingredients play a role.

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malto-dextrin to add body, probably.

Nope, when you get a malt at an old time soda shop, what they add is a roasted malt powder. That's what gives a malt its great flavor. The drug store in my home town had a soda fountain and the malts there were great.

I'm made my own using DME when I first started this hoby. I put it in a blender to get it mixed in though. Good stuff. At least to me.
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I'm sure I'd love it. I am always eating the DME that gets steam on it and clumps together when I pour into the kettle.

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When I was a kid, I had no clue that beer (vile disgusting stuff) and malt had anything to do with each other. Malted beverages were sold as nutritional suppliments for pregnant women. They were basically wort that had been slightly (<1%) fermented. I think I'll add some DME to my morning mud! (coffee, cocoa powder, milk)

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another good idea! I think I'll bring a cup of my dark DME to the office with me tomorrow and use it for my afternoon Froo-froo coffees. (can't stand the sweetness in the morning, but love it in the afternoon.)

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