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Old 11-29-2012, 04:44 AM   #1
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I did some research a while back and found that early porters were made with 100% brown malt. I realize that with current malting practices and consistency that it is not likely that modern brown malt would have any diastatic enzymes.

Does anyone know of a maltster that produces a brown malt that would still have active enzymes, or alternatively is there another malt that you could recommend for a SMASH (single malt, single hop) Porter recipe?


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Old 11-29-2012, 07:01 AM   #2
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I don't think any commercial malt will give you the combination of flavor, color and diastatic power you want. You'd want a malt with a color around 10L, which would be something like a Dark Munich. A SMASH from that would probably be overly sweet and insufficiently roasty for a porter. You could still SMASH and add enzymes (available and cheap at your LHBS), use brown malt and about 20-25% malted wheat, or make your own: http://perfectpint.blogspot.com/2012...alt-again.html

That last option would seem to require the sort of total commitment I both admire and question. As he pointed out on that link, even if these sorts of historical re-creations are 100% successful, you'd never know it, since you lack an exact frame of reference.
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that was an interesting article. Rather than roasting my own malt, I think I will just have to use a mix of malts. Maybe when I live somewhere that I can mess around with a home-made malt kiln I could give that a try.
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