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Old 11-11-2012, 04:16 PM   #1
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I know purists will hate this idea but I really like to try odd new things. Anyone ever try to make a beer with all specialty malt? Like an all chocolate malt or roasted malt. I know it will expensive of course but that's not a problem. It will also be very bold in flavor. Any thoughts? Any ideas about how much fermentable sugar will result?



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Old 11-11-2012, 04:32 PM   #2
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Never mind I got my answer, there is not enough diastic power, so what in the minimum amount of say pale malt I would need to get the proper conversion with chocolate malt.



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Those malts have zero diastatic power which is needed to convert the starch to sugar, you would have to add amylase for any chance of this working. I can't see this turning out well but go for it.

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Old 11-11-2012, 09:35 PM   #4
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Never mind I got my answer, there is not enough diastic power, so what in the minimum amount of say pale malt I would need to get the proper conversion with chocolate malt.
There is nothing in chocolate malt to convert. Base malts and starchy adjuncts require enzymes to convert their starches to sugars. Experimentation is great but it needs to stay within reality.
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Never mind I got my answer, there is not enough diastic power, so what in the minimum amount of say pale malt I would need to get the proper conversion with chocolate malt.
If you want a minimum of base malt I would use 6 row because of it's higher diastolic power. Try something like 2lbs of it per 5lbs of specialty grain. Love to hear how it turns out!
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If you want a minimum of base malt I would use 6 row because of it's higher diastolic power. Try something like 2lbs of it per 5lbs of specialty grain. Love to hear how it turns out!
These days, the diastatic power of 2 row is pretty much equal to 6 row.
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^^ True. And you won't have to deal with the extra protein.

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Yep, 140L vs 160L, close enough for me

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Thanks for the info, when I make it ill post results!



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