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Old 11-14-2009, 11:23 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by jmo88 View Post
Black roasted barley is about 500SRM while the roasted version is about 350SRM. Same effect though and not to be confused with Black malt, or black patent. Roasted barley and black roasted barley are unmalted. Hope that helps.
First, you mean Lovibond, not SRM. SRM is used to measure beer color. Degrees Lovibond are used to measure malt color.

Second, your numbers are meaningful only if you're talking about Briess malts. Other maltsters have different specifications for Roasted Barley. Simpson's, for example, lists their Roasted Barley at 1300 EBC, which is roughly 500L.

More confusingly, many maltsters, including Briess, use proprietary names for their products which make it difficult to make intelligent choices when substituting ingredients. Makes sense for them, I suppose; it takes some experience and detective work to assure yourself that Simpson's Roasted Barley and Briess's Black Roasted Barley are essentially equivalent, but the Simpson's Roasted Barley and Briess's Roasted Barley are not at all alike.


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Old 11-15-2009, 07:22 PM   #12
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One thing that gets me is the malsters being so different and still using the same names.

Roasted Barley is what made a stout the black color it is, and what defined a stouts profile from not being just another type of porter. Roasted barley is around 500 L or so. 350l is more of brown color. If you added that alone you'd get a brown beer.

It is just like the thread that says Black IPA... Say huh??

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