Shop GRAINS - Caramel and Crystal Malts

CARAMEL VS CRYSTAL - These terms are used interchangably by malting companies. The term "caramel" has gained wide popularity in many countries, but most English malting companies still refer to their product as Crystal. 

DOUBLE ROASTED - This term is used to refer to a host of grains being both caramelized and roasted.  The process is different with each malting company so you may want to try each in your beer before deciding which is your preferred flavor.  These are sold under the names "Double Roasted" by Simpson (UK), "Extra Special" by Briess (USA), "Special B" by Castle (Belgium), and Sacchra 50L by Great Western (USA).

2-ROW VERSUS OTHER STRAINS - Please note that while most caramel malts are caramalized from standard 2-row barley, other strains of barley can and are caramalized also.  Our list of caramel grains incluldes Pilsen, Munich, Oats, Vienna, and Wheat.

Caramel and Crystal malts impart a classic, caramel-sweet flavor and a range of colors from very light to very dark. They also add body and improve head retention.  They are suitable for use in all styles of beer.

Caramel and Crystal malts are gently cooked during the malting process. Cooking initiates the enzymatic conversion of starches into fermentable sugars, and caramelizes some of the sugars as the malt reaches its final color. This eliminates the need to mash crystal malt, and ensures that some of the sugars will survive fermentation to sweeten the beer.


QUANTITIES: We are transitioning away from sales by the ounce to sales by the pound or multiples of one pound.

MILLING OF GRAINS: We will no longer be milling grains for customers.  We will maintain our grain mill so customers may use the mill for grains purchased here. You may want to bring a bucket to catch the milled grains and bags if you want to keep grains separated by type.

We are sorry if these changes inconvenience you.

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We look forward to you enjoying the many characteristics these many different grains can provide.  If you should find anything missing that you need for your beers, don't hesitate to let us know.