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Old 12-24-2012, 11:58 PM   #1
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Why use Acidulated Malt, as opposed to just adding a small amount of Lactic Acid? Isn't Acidulated Malt just regular malt, that has been sprayed with Lactic Acid? If so, why pay an extra $5 per pound, when I can buy a bottle of Lactic acid, that will last much longer?

Is there something I am overlooking?

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Old 12-25-2012, 12:51 AM   #2
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Reinheitsgebot maybe? I believe acidulated malt uses the naturally occuring lactic bacteria in the malt.

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Old 12-25-2012, 01:39 AM   #3
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I use it bc my water is very alkaline, so when I'm brewing a lighter colored beer, it lowers the mash pH. Also, it adds a little flavor depth/complexity that u won't get with straight-up acid addition.

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Reinheitsgebot maybe? I believe acidulated malt uses the naturally occuring lactic bacteria in the malt.
This . . .


not necessarily the Reinheitsgebot part, but the natural stuff.
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I use it, because it is what I have always used.

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Also, it adds a little flavor depth/complexity that u won't get with straight-up acid addition.
Is that really true? Has anyone experimented with this?

If the manufacturer just sprays it with Lactic acid, it sounds the same as if I spray base malt with lactic acid.

It doesn't sound "natural" to me.
And Reinheitsgebot is no longer a valid reason to do (or not to do) something.
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Why use Acidulated Malt, as opposed to just adding a small amount of Lactic Acid? Isn't Acidulated Malt just regular malt, that has been sprayed with Lactic Acid? If so, why pay an extra $5 per pound, when I can buy a bottle of Lactic acid, that will last much longer?

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An extra $5 a pound?!?! Wow. At my LHBS, all malt is the same flat price, so I use acidulated malt because it costs me no more than 50 cents per batch (when I use it) and it's doesn't involve any additional steps.
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I'm going to throw out a WAG, that it was just easier to measure and a reliable source.

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Easier to measure 0.5lbs of acidulated malt accurately than 0.1ml 88% lactic acid, and $1.49/lb at my LHBS.

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Why use Acidulated Malt, as opposed to just adding a small amount of Lactic Acid? Isn't Acidulated Malt just regular malt, that has been sprayed with Lactic Acid? If so, why pay an extra $5 per pound, when I can buy a bottle of Lactic acid, that will last much longer?

Is there something I am overlooking?
Have you had your water tested?
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