Category Archives: The Brewing Files

Barley vs Malt – What’s the Deal? The Brewing Files

Most brewing geeks when describing a beer will often interchangeably use ‘malt’ and ‘barley’ – but what do they really mean? Barley itself is the grain – but to turn it into malt takes a special process. Malting is where you heat and wet the grain so that it breaks down into easy to eat […]

The Brewing Files – Cara Malt (Light Crystal Malt)

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Caramalt (also known as light crystal malt) is one of our favourites to brew with. It adds quite a bit to a beer – flavour, alcohol, a nice silky texture and a healthy head. What is caramalt? It’s a crystal malt – so sugars are produced inside the grain (using the enzymes in the grain […]

The Brewing Files – What is Barley? What is Malt?

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Barley What is it? It makes up the biggest part of beer (except for water) but what is it and how is it used in your brew? Let’s dive in: Barley is a grass, but one that has been selectively bred to have huge tasty seeds. We’ve been cultivating it for about 10,000 years or […]

The Brewing Files – What is Brewing?

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Before getting into the mechanics of beer and brewing, let’s ask ourselves, what is brewing? Besides making a tasty beverage, what else do we need to accomplish? Sugars First of all, to ferment our wort (baby beer), we’ll need a whole heap of sugars. Barley (and a little wheat or oats) are what we’ll use, […]

The Brewing Files

Assorted home brewing grains in glasses

In this series of posts, we’ll be exploring some of the ingredients in beer. What the heck are they? Why do we use them in my homebrew and what do they taste like? What are hops anyways? How do I get my beer to taste like a fruit salad? How do I get my beer […]