Since 1870 we’ve lived and breathed malting. With this passion and expertise, and by combining traditional and modern techniques, we create an impressive range of malted and non-malted products, including several unique and exclusive barley malts.
We have a wide range of malts suitable for brewing and distilling to provide you with the foundations for creating your next beer or whisky.
From our traditional floor maltings to our state-of-the-art packaging line, all of our malts are processed by a team of skilled maltsters. Find out more about our different processes here.
Our team of maltsters and brewers have put together a number of different technical materials, from recipes to blog posts on conditioning, to assist you in your brewery or distillery. Find out more here in this section.
There is nothing more we love than talking to brewers and distillers so if you have any questions, or would like to arrange a call with a member of our team, please feel free to get in touch – we would love to hear from you!
This strong bitter is a great homebrewing recipe to let our heritage Maris Otter® barley showcase its malt character to the fullest. Highly drinkable with a good balance between our malts and classic English hop varieties, this beer is darkened and sweetened with caramel notes by the Crystal, Amber and just a touch of Roast Barley to deepen the reddish hues.
BATCH SIZE FERMENTER
BATCH SIZE BOIL:
23 / 12
66°C / 151°F
21°C / 70°F
MASH LIQUOR VOL (LITRES):
LIQUOR / MASH RATIO:
2.5 : 1
MARIS OTTER® ALE
LALLEMAND LONDON ESB
Start of boil
EAST KENT GOLDINGS
A 20 minute steep in the copper prior to casting the wort will extract aromas of lavender, spice, honey and thyme from the East Kent Goldings hops.
Crisp is one of the largest buyers of Maris Otter barley and some of our farmers have been growing it since its first crop in 1965. The mother field, where all certified Maris Otter seed comes from, is located in North Norfolk, just a short tractor drive from our maltings. Praised by home and commercial brewers for its depth of flavour, it has also found homes in malt driven whiskies in both the UK, Europe and in the emerging American single malt category.
Our No19 Maris Otter Malt, like the other heritage grains, is floor malted and is gently kilned over three days in our natural draft kiln, giving a deeper flavour than the conventionally kilned Maris Otter.
To make our Light Crystal 150 malt we increase the temperature further and the endosperm darkens and flavours develop further. Think of Crystal Malts like you would make caramel at home. With Light Crystal the crystalised sugars present imparts an intense caramel flavour; it will also impart a reddish hue to the beer and it works very well in Bitters and Ruby beers.
The number after the word Crystal refers to the EBC colour of the malt if you mashed at 100% of the grain bill. To get a rough conversion to Lovibond, just divide by two.
Roast Barley Malt is our darkest grain and it is made from unmalted barley. The colour produced can be almost opaque and the flavour is similar to a dark, bitter roast coffee. In stouts a combination of Chocolate Malt, Black Malt and Roast Barley gives excellent complexity and balance.
Remember that these dark grains will have an acidifying effect on the mash, so ensure your salts have been adjusted adequately.
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