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Dark Crystal Malt

What it does :

Dark Crystal Malt is a crystal malt. It will provide a sweet caramel flavor and enhanced mouthfeel to your beer.

What it is:

Dark Crystal Malt is a barley malt that is typically black, or 167 Lovibond, in color. It is produced by maltsters from green malt with a three-phase process: stewing to convert the starches into sugars, drying the grains, and roasting to achieve the desired color. This process makes use of the Maillard reaction, which generates desired colors and flavors but makes the sugars unfermentable. This malt contains no enzymes, and therefore does not require mashing.

Vital Statistics


Color (Lovibond):

145 - 188

Specific Gravity (SG):

1.033 - 1.035


Dosage:

Dark Crystal Malt can be 3-20 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.

Preparation:

Because the sugar conversion is complete, Dark Crystal Malt is ready for you to steep in 150 F (60 C) water for 20-30 minutes before boiling the resulting extract in the wort. Or, for all-grain brewing, you can add the grains to the mash before the wort boil.

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Malt Extract Gravity and Color
Final Gravity Prediction
Brewing Process Efficiency
Grain Bill
Bottle Priming
Dark Crystal Malt