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Old 11-30-2005, 09:53 AM   #1
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Default Roast barley for dark lager?

I'm planning to make a stout and so I bought some roast barley at the weekend.
I will probably have some left over -- could I safely use a small amount roast barley in a "dark lager" recipe, just for coloring mainly.

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Old 11-30-2005, 11:13 AM   #2
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You probably could as long as it wasn't a lot. I did a black lager using chocolat and black patent grains. I just used roasted barley in an amber and it didn't darken it much but I think it adds a little bite.

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Old 11-30-2005, 02:48 PM   #3
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yeah, you can use the dark grains for coloring only. just use an ounce or two of it to get the color and not pick up much flavor.

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make sure not to steep them too long, 10-15 minutes is good for coloring

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I would not use roasted barley in a lager, but that's just me. I would cold steep some chocolate malt and use that instead.
Heres a link explaining how to use that proceedure:
http://hbd.org/clubs/cascade/public_...g/brewing.html

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My Schwarzbier recipe uses 4 oz. in a 30 minute steep (along with other grains) at 150°F for a 5 gallon batch.

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