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Old 01-31-2010, 07:02 PM   #1
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Are millet, milo, quinoa, buckwheat, armaranth, etc, acceptable as stand alone base malts? I wanted to make sure they have enough diastatic power to convert themselves w/o having to add something. The plan is to malt 5 or 10 lbs of each of the different grains and use them to make a SMASH. Also, I have never tried to figure manually my OG (Beersmith makes me lazy). If my system has a given eff of 70%, what would my OG's be with the different grains as base malts?


The malting process is a little up in the air right now, but I'll figure that out later!


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Darn good questions!

Here are two good places to start, might help you with the process at least:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f164/im-...sorghum-30036/

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f164/mal...grains-135919/

Are you going to do a decoction? Most of the home malted grains aren't 100% modified, at least mine weren't, but I guess it depends on how much you regulate the malting process. I plan to get back into the malting aspect once tax season is over, I have a whole bucket of sorghum just waiting!

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