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Special B Malt
What it does :
Special B malt will add a heavy caramel taste to your beer and contribute to a dark brown-black color depending on the amount used.
What it is:
Special B Malt is a barley malt that is 110-136 Lovibond in color. It is produced from 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 can take three hours per batch at temperatures of 120-280 F (49-138 C), depending on the color and flavor intensity desired. 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. It is a trade name of the DeWolf-Cosyns Maltings.
Special B Malt can be up to 10 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.
Because the sugar conversion is complete, Special B 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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