Making Your own Crystal (Caramel) Malt at Home

June 24, 2013 by Matt | 0 comments

There’ll be days in which you want to brew but lack the ingredients.  This was my case the day after Christmas 2012 and decided to give making my own Crystal malt at home so I could brew. I originally documented my process over at reddit, but feel it’d be invaluable to have on the blog as project.  Time from start to finish will be 4 hours or so.  Thankfully you can step away for fairly significant chunks of time during the early steps of the process, later on during the roast you’ll want to constantly supervise.  At the end of this post you’ll find my recipe to my Aramis Pale Ale that was made with this homemade Crystal malt.  It’s a English style Pale Ale made with Aramis, a French hop that has tons of noble flavor with a touch of lemon.

Finished homemade crystal malt at home.  Left to Right: Dextrin, Crystal 20, Crystal 40-60, Crystal 80-120

Finished homemade crystal malt at home. Left to Right: Dextrin, Crystal 20, Crystal 40-60, Crystal 80-120

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