How to Roast Malt Barley

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How to Roast Malt Barley
Barley is malted and roasted as part of the beer-making process. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Roasted malt barley adds colour, flavour, strength and aroma to beer. While you can purchase roasted malt barley to brew beer, roasting malt barley in your own oven can add a unique flavour and aroma to your home brewed beer. Roasting malt barley develops the colour and flavour of the beer, and you can experiment roasting the barley in your oven till you get the correct flavour and colour for the brew.

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Things you need

  • Oven
  • Baking tin
  • Aluminium foil
  • Malted Barley grain

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  1. 1

    Heat the oven to 121 degrees Celsius.

  2. 2

    Line a baking tray with aluminium foil.

  3. 3

    Spread the malted barley grain evenly over the baking tray.

  4. 4

    Place the baking tray in the oven. Roast for 45 minutes

  5. 5

    Take the baking tray out of the oven and shake the roasting grain. This will evenly distribute the grain on the baking tray. Raise the temperature of the oven to 149 degrees Celsius. Place the baking tray in the oven and roast for a further 20 minutes.

  6. 6

    Take the baking tray out again. Check if the malt is pale buff in colour. Shake the baking tray again. If the colour is pure white, continue to roast for another 30 minutes till a pale buff or amber colour is achieved. Roast, remove the baking tray, shake the grain in 15 minute intervals and check until you get the colour you require to make beer.

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