I'm sprouting them using this site as my guide
- def. not a beer making/malting site...but little do they know they're aiding and abetting this experiment...
I thought about beano mashing when this thread started up - but, much like the OP, I'm going for something as natural as possible. The recipe I plan to use will use them as an adjunct, accounting for ~15-20% of fermentables...they're taking the place of soybean grits, which would have no enzymatic activity...so I'm guessing this should work.
I realize to use the lentils this way, I probably don't have to malt them. Malting is fun, though, and really, "lentilmalz" sounds so cool....
Here, for the world to see, is my plan for the lentils:
1. Sprout according to the Lentils.ca guidelines. Kinda. I'm not messing around with a mason jar and screen, I'm using a 4L bucket I sprout barley in for malting.
2. Allow the sprouts to grow for 2-3 days, depending on how they look and taste. I want a brewing adjunct, not salad fixin's!
3. Dry @ 95F for 4h. Then, kiln at ~200F for 1 hour. I've made some decent pale malt this way in the past.
4. Split batch, and continue kilning a small portion @ ~200F for a few hours, with spraying (I can't resist making Munchenlentilmalz - the drafters of the Reinheitsgebot will spin in their Teutonic graves!)
5. Grind in a mortar and pestle until the lentil malt is in about 2-millimetre sqaure chunks. Why 2mm? That's slightly bigger than the holes on my brewing bag, and this is definitely going to be a stove-top, 1-Gallon BIAB experiment!
6. Brew this beer
, scaled for 1-gal, using lentil malt in place of soy grits. Soy grits can't taste that much better or worse than homemade amateur lentil malt, right?
The Munchenlentilmalz will stay out of the initial batch. It might get eaten, if it tastes good, before it makes it into a beer, necessitating more experimentation. Or, it might get used in subsequent batch.
Step 1 is underway. Step 2 is a matter of time, and really, in the lentils hands.
I'm open to suggestions, though, folks. Let me know if you see any glaringly obvious holes in my ideas, please!