Originally Posted by Legume
The specialty rice malts from Eckert are exelent, you can use them in a partial mash (with suplamental enzymes) if you are not set up to do all grain (yet).
D-45 candi syrup can lend a toasted marshmellow character that I like in pale ales, IPA, and amber ales. I dont care for the darker candi syrups, but I love the D-45 flavor.
I don't know if marshmellow is quite what I'm going for, but I am interested in trying it in an IPA anyway.
We're still beginners, so we haven't gone to a mash yet, but we want some kind of light malty flavor so it tastes more like beer and has more complexity than simply what's offered by sorghum syrup and hops.
I was thinking steeping some kind of roasted grains such as oats or malted buckwheat in heated water on the stove and adding alpha amylase to the pot so that the starches break down.
Another idea was caramelizing a small amount of maltodextrin and adding it late in the boil.
Not sure if any of that is a good or bad idea.