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Old 06-01-2013, 01:20 AM   #1
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I couldn't find a color guide for all the GF grains I was interested in, so I ran an experiment last weekend and decided to share the results. Sorry about some of the pictures being blurry, I was using my cell phone.

All of these grains were dry-roasted whole at 350 F for 15 minute intervals and steeped in near-boiling water for 20-30 minutes (after grinding, except for Amaranth). Here's what kind of color I got from them (sorry I got impatient). From some of the other posts, I was expecting more of a show from buckwheat (i.e. darker color). Does more time in the brew pot make that much of a difference?



Amaranth
  • 0 min : Tasted a little nutty with a slight sour taste
  • 15 min : Tasted like an asian peanut sauce (strong flavor)
  • 30 min : Tasted like roasted peanuts (also burnt)


Buckwheat Groats
  • 15 min : Popcorn taste with a hay odor
  • 30 min : Malted rice flavor (like "rice crispy milk"), slightly burnt flavor
  • 60 min : Stronger burnt flavor from 30 min


Millet
  • 15 min : Slight popcorn taste
  • 30 min : Tasted like an asian peanut sauce (medium flavor?)
  • 60 min : Stronger version of 30min


Oat Groats
  • 15 min : Oaty / earthy, bubbles
  • 30 min : Oat flavor with more bite, less bubbles
  • 45 min : Oat flavor with even more bite / less bubbles


Quinoa
  • 15 min : Mild peanut taste, slight burnt taste
  • 30 min : Stronger peanut flavor, no burnt taste
  • 60 min : Tastes burnt


Red Quinoa
  • 0 min : Tastes earthy
  • 15 min : Tastes a little burnt
  • 30 min : Tastes a lot burnt


Cheers!



 
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Old 06-01-2013, 02:26 PM   #2
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Your post reminds me of this: http://aggieotis.blogspot.com/2008/1...ee-grains.html


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Old 06-02-2013, 12:37 AM   #3
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Thanks, looks like a good reference if I ever decided to step it up a notch and start malting

 
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Old 06-02-2013, 03:12 AM   #4
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It would be interesting to see wet roasting and comparisons with roasted barley. (If you can do it safely) Also to see varies ways of roasting would be good. I use an oven, bread maker, and popcorn popper for different roasts.

Otherwise, good stuff!
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:14 AM   #5
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It would be interesting to see wet roasting and comparisons with roasted barley. (If you can do it safely) Also to see varies ways of roasting would be good. I use an oven, bread maker, and popcorn popper for different roasts.

Otherwise, good stuff!
That's interesting, dude. What does the popcorn popper do to the grain? I have seen one for quite cheap in the supermarket...

 
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:37 PM   #6
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Its how I get super dark roasts. Around 300L or so without burning the grain. Its great for black ipas and some english styles. I can't quite get the roastiness I want for stouts yet.

Buckwheat is crazy in that thing. It will start to expand and turn into this weird goopy mass. After it cools it goes back to normal. I wonder if I'm starting to create buckwheat popcorn.
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Old 06-02-2013, 02:23 PM   #7
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Awesome. That's me buying one, then. Perfect excuse. Would use a lot less gas too. What does it do to millet? Started trying it again as I am trying to do a wheatard friendly Sam Adams Boston Clone, and using all millet. Malted 1kg of it. It wasn't that great, but with practice and better tools I will do good.

I guess I could get some dark roasts from it, then use a 1lb of treacle with it for extra darkness. The stouts I have been using have been using WAY too much treacle in. This could help.

 
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:13 PM   #8
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Dude, is your popcorn maker electronic or one for on the hob?

 
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Old 06-03-2013, 08:38 PM   #9
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Its doesn't do millet as well. I've never taken millet that dark. Its too light. It just blows all over the place and doesn't roast anywhere as fast.

Its the electric kind. Just the small countertop kind. Got it for like $20. A hopper style or nut roaster might work better.
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:04 PM   #10
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Yeah, saw an electric one on Amazon for about 11 quid. So sounds about right. Might have to give it a try. Not seen any nut roasters, but we do a search for them.



 
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