Toasting your own Marris Otter malt?

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by geneseohawk, Jun 18, 2013.

  1. geneseohawk

    geneseohawk Nov 4, 2008 Illinois

    There are a few recipes out their suggesting "toasted malt"- in particular MO at 350 degrees for 30 min?

    Has anyone done this before? I have also heard you can't use the malt right away- and to let it sit for a few weeks prior to using?

    Just need some advice.........
     
  2. Applecrew135

    Applecrew135 Jul 18, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Won't that kill off the enzymes needed for starch conversion?
     
  3. geneseohawk

    geneseohawk Nov 4, 2008 Illinois

    I mean 350 for 15-20 min- not 30. After researching it says to put in a paper bag for 2 weeks to reduce "off flavors" hmmmm.
     
  4. premierpro

    premierpro Mar 21, 2009 Michigan
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    I have never toasted my own malt bit have read that you need to let it sit for a couple weeks before brewing. Good luck. Are you making a Brown Ale?
     
  5. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    You only use toasted malt for a 10% or so of the recipe. You can also go higher in temp when the grain is dry, most base pale malts are finished at over 200F for example.

    I have done this as stated by the OP, a rest after is recommended. Smell the malt right after you toast, you will get some harsh aroma that go away with conditioning.
     
  6. mnstorm99

    mnstorm99 May 11, 2007 Minnesota

    I have toasted malt (Rahr 2-row) for two recipes, and both turned out fantastic. Here is a good website that I have used as a guide. I have generally just let the malt rest in a brown paper bag for 2-3 days prior to using it.

    I have done an ESB with a pound of two row toasted for 30 minutes at 350° as well as a mild with a pound of two row roasted for 45 minutes at 400°.

    One of my next beers will attempt the Psuedo Caramel malts that are discussed to see what happens.
     
  7. Applecrew135

    Applecrew135 Jul 18, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Perhaps I misunderstood the original question... I was thinking the OP was going to use the toasted Maris Otter as base malt??
     
  8. geneseohawk

    geneseohawk Nov 4, 2008 Illinois

    No- I am sorry. I am only using it for about 9-10% of the recipe.....
     
  9. geneseohawk

    geneseohawk Nov 4, 2008 Illinois

    Using it for a pale ale- Lake Walk Pale Ale- never brewed but have heard very good reviews of it. I also found an ESB and Pumpkin Ale recipe that uses around 8-10% toasted MO as well.......
     
  10. inchrisin

    inchrisin Sep 25, 2008 Indiana


    I've read this with smoked malts. Does this hold true for any heat application prior to mash?
     
  11. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 Jan 13, 2006 New Mexico

    My house recipe, the all time favorite is brewed with 10% toasted malt. I wouldn't use MO, just the everyday pale ale malt will work fine. And I grind mine fresh from the oven, the m,alt is still hot. Smoked malts I let sit 2 weeks in a paper bag, but toasted 20-30 minutes at 350F goes straight into the mash.
     
  12. premierpro

    premierpro Mar 21, 2009 Michigan
    Subscriber

    I am sorry that I mis spoke. I read this about smoked malts. I can not and should not comment on the toasted malt as I have no experience with it.
     
  13. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 Jan 13, 2006 New Mexico

    And I can't say that a 2 day rest won't improve it, I learned to brew before internet forums so I just did what I thought would work. After I got involved in brewing forums I learned that half of everything I did was all wrong(according to the experts) but it still worked
     
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  14. inchrisin

    inchrisin Sep 25, 2008 Indiana

    I wouldn't be against the idea of toasting malts a few weeks in advance, just in case. We've all read the arguments that malt shelf life is at least a year anyway.
     
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