Chocolate malt is similar to pale and amber malts but kilned at
even higher temperatures. Producing complex undertones of vanilla
and caramel (but not chocolate), it is used in porters and sweet
stouts as well as dark mild ales. It contains no
charge for crushing (milling) your grains at Homebrew Heaven. Order
as much or as little as needed for your recipe.
1/10/2012 – When I buy chocolate malt from you, I get the chocolate malt I expect to have. But when I buy the same chocolate malt from my local brew store, I am getting more roasted flavors in the beer. I can only assume this is because the chocolate malts are from two different maltsters. Which malting company supplies your chocolate malt?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We sell Hugh Baird Chocolate Malt. On the odd occasion where it is not available to use we will use Briess Chocolate Malt. Both have the same analysis and a rating of 350 lovibond. We've noticed no difference between them.No idea what your local brew store sells. Perhaps they used a different grain??
8/9/2010 – I am considering modifying the DK IPA kit to make a Cascadian Dark Ale. Can I just add a pound or so of black barley malt or similar with no further modifications?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I wouldn't do it like that. Black barley is pretty bitter stuff. Try adding perhaps 1/4 lb of chocolate malt, and maybe (at most) 1/4 lb of roasted barley (not black barley). The chocolate malt will darken it quite a bit in itself. These specialty grains should be more than enough!See below for links to those products.
5/17/2010 – what is your phone number?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can be reached at (425) 355-8865Our toll free order number is (800) 850-2739
10/26/2009 – What is the shelf life of whole grain? How about crushed grain?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It depends on the conditions of your shelf, of course! Cool and dry conditions are best.From a practal standpoint, grains can be stored uncrushed, in unopened bags for a year or maybe even more at room temperature. If it is crushed, perhaps 1/2 of that.All grains should be stored away from moisture, sealed, and especialy protected . . .
6/16/2009 – Specialty grain question: When the manufacturer recommends a percentage of grains to use (say, 5-10% of total grist) can you give me a good formula to use to help translate this for the extract brewers? --for example: making 5 gallons of beer using, maybe, 6lbs of extract...how much of a grain would 5-10% be? Thanks for the Q&A website lessons . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: A GOOD formula? Not really...only approximations because all-grain brewing efficiency varies from brewer to brewer. There is no exact relationship between all-grain brewing, and extract brewing. BUT, having said that...Here is a rough approximation:It might take 10 pounds of 2-row grain to produce a gravity that is equivalent to . . .
1/26/2008 – I live about an hour (if traffic is good) from the address on your website. Do you have an actual store or is everything here based solely online?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have an actual brick-and-mortar store in Everett, WA. People actually walk in and buy stuff!Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204Heck, you can actually call us on the phone, too! It's 425-355-8865. A person will actually answer as long as it's business hours!
1/3/2008 – Can I use the old ale kit to make a brown nut ale? If so, how do I add the "brown nut" flavor?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Haven't done it, but I see no reason why you can't. Try adding about 1/2 lb medium crystal and about 2 or 3 oz of chocolate malt to get the brown nut flavor. Put the grains in a steeping bag, and allow them to "soak" as your water comes up to 170 deg F. At that point, remove them and proceed as usual.
8/29/2007 – Where can I find a table that tells me which grains need to be mashed and which grains can just be soaked and rinsed?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Best "table" I know of is our website categories. We put grains that need to be mashed in our "Brewing Grains" category, and those that only require steeping into our "Specialty Grains" category.
3/14/2007 – How long will cracked grains keep before their quality begins to diminish? For example, if I purchase them from you on Sunday, can I expect them to be perfectly fine to use the following Sunday? (I have some travel to do leading up to a brew day.)
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Much longer than that, provided they are kept dry. Some breweries actually crush their grain weeks, or even months ahead of when they need it.
11/5/2006 – I live in Seattle, can I come and pick up the bottles in Everett? Do you have a "brick and mortar" store?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You sure can. It is literally made of bricks and mortar, in South Everett. Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204425-355-8865Hours are 10-6:30 M-F and 9:30-5 on Saturdaysand 11:00am-3pm on Sundays
10/12/2006 – I am an extract brewer. I want to make a "Strawberry Blonde" brew (this references color, not taste)...light extracts(ultralite and maybe some wheat). I am looking for almost a pink color(light orange?), what specialty grain will give me the brightest red? Thanks for all your help in the past!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Either a VERY small amount of chocolate (maybe 1-2 oz in 5 gallon) or try special roast, at maybe 4-6 oz per 5 gallons.As a last resort...how about a few drops of food coloring?
5/9/2006 – I have noticed that all grain recipes often call for specialty grains. Am I supposed to mash the specialty grains with the base grains or do I add them after the mashing prior to the boil using a grain bag as I would if I were brewing an extract recipe?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: They should be mashed along with the base grains.
9/2/2005 – I am looking for whole grains with hull. Do you have this option available?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes. Each grain has an "option" for uncrushed or crushed grains. It is selectable on our website.
4/4/2005 – Whats the best place to buy grain by bulk. 50 or 55 lbs sacks.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Right here. Follow these two links. Once is for specialty grains, and one is for brewing grains, like 2-row etc. 50 and 55 lb sacks are available. Pricing depends on quantity ordered.
2/1/2005 – Where can I buy the hops to brew the beer? I live in Plainview, Texas....would love to brew my own. But, I need the ingredients to brew it. will buy your equipment, so....where can I buy the goodies to brew it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Right here! We have a large selection of hops, yeasts, grains and everything you need in the way of ingredients. Here is a link:A good way to get started is to choose one of our ingredient (recipe) kits. They get you started the right way!
1/31/2005 – I have an all-grain recipe which calls for:2 RowCaraMunichBelgian Special BBelgian PilsnerBritish Chocolate MaltUnfortunately I do not have the ability or experience for full mash. I would expect to use Light DME or equivalent MES in place of the two-row; however is it possible for the rest of the ingredients to steep rather . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The 2-row and the pilsner grains are capable of starch conversion, i.e. must be mashed. You will need to substitute extract for those. The others do not require conversion, and in fact cannot be converted. Those grains you can just steep in the water as it is coming up to temperature. Remove at 170 deg F.
1/29/2005 – what is "lov"?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It stands for lovibond, a color rating scale. The higher the number, the darker the color.
12/28/2004 – Am trying to produce a "Chimay Blue" type clone. The recipe I have calls for several items I'm having difficulty finding could you please explain the following and/or provide suggestions for suitable alternatives? for context I've added all items except hops for some context.- Belgian 2-row- Cara-Munich- Belgian Aromatic- Belgian . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We have most everything on your list, but it (sometimes) goes by different names. This is pretty common with grains. For instance, crystal malts are often called caramel malts, and 2-row is often called pale malt. Here is the breakdown you need for this recipe:- Belgian 2-row (We call it Belgian Pale Ale Malt)- Cara-Munich (We have this . . .
11/15/2004 – I noticed in the specialty grain section that you recommend to remove grains from the wort (in extract brewing) around 170 degrees F. All the recipes I've followed have me boil the grains in the muslin bag for some time, then remove them. Any advice, reasons, knowledge know-how is greatly appreciated.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There are a lot of old, crappy recipes out there. Bad advice also.Boiling grains is a BAD idea. Temperatures above 170 deg F will extract tannins from the grain. Tannins are the astingent taste you get when you bite into a grape seed. Nasty, and it can affect your beer in the same way.You will never find a commercial brewery that boils . . .
10/9/2004 – Hi! I have brewed a few batches of beer, and all have turned out well. I'm ready to move onto a more intermediate level. I've been reading about using strainers and "sparging" the grains when they're done steeping. I have the concept I think, but I was wondering if this step is even necessary if I'm using a nylon straining bag for the . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: With a loose straining bag holding specialty grains, it is not necessary. Sparging is normally only done in all-grain brewing (without the use of extracts) to increase the extraction from the grains.
9/25/2004 – I have a recipe that calls for cracked black patent, it that the same as crushed black patent?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Exactly the same. We crush it for you if you like!
6/10/2004 – Since I am new to Homebrewing, what is the differnece between Light Crystal 20, 40, 60 etc? I assume that the 20, 40, 60 rankings mean the same for other styles as well like the medium crystal? Also, can you give me an example when you would want to use say the light crystal 40 instead of the 60.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: These are lovibond ratings that correlate to color, primarily. A low rating, like crystal 20 will add less color than a crystal 60, for instance. You can use these ratings to "fine tune" the color of your beer. Additionally, a higher rating means more carmelization of the grain, and the flavor changes as it gets darker. A dark crystal will . . .
1/2/2004 – How do I order grains in multiples less than a pound? ( i.e. 3/4lb, 12oz etc)
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We've now fixed our website. Click on "Options" and then you can select either pounds OR ounces! Remember, 1 pound = 16 ounces
7/17/2003 – How do you package grain for shipment?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Typically, we heat seal it into clear plastic bags. If needed they are "double bagged" just in case.You can have it crushed, or uncrushed. We can either mix the grains together or package them separately. These are the "options" you see on the right side of the screen.
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