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What it does :
Black Barley is a dark roasted specialty grain. It will provide a dry flavor and mouthfeel to your beer.
What it is:
Black Barley is an unmalted barley grain that is black, or 300-500 Lovibond, in color. It is roasted for about 3 hours, with heat gradually applied to reach a final temperature of 410-430 F (210-221 C). It contains no enzymes and little fermentables, and therefore does not require mashing.
Black Barley can be 3-15 percent of your grist. Of course, the actual amount you need depends on the style of beer that you are making. Use our brewing calculators to compute the exact amount you need to achieve your specific original gravity and color targets.
Little if any starch conversion is possible for Black Barley. Therefore you can either steep it in 150 F (60 C) water for 20-30 minutes to extract the desired color and flavor or add the grains directly to the mash.
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