What is it?
Lager malt is exceptionally light in colour and produces a very light coloured, clean, crisp wort. This can be used as a base malt for many different beer styles and is a superb choice for lagers/pilsners. It allows the full flavour of speciality malts to shine through. Dark Rock malts are of the very highest quality and this ensures the best possible results. Pilsen or lager-style beers are the main beer styles around the world. They demand a lower modified malt to complement the specific temperatures that lager mashing processes require. Lager Malt perfectly fits this requirement, being typically made from 2-row spring barley which is malted to give the required level of modification whilst maintaining a high level of homogeneity. If the supply is UK based it is usually referred to as lager malt. European suppliers usually refer to it as Pilsner Malt. The two types can be directly substituted for each other. Careful control of kilning ensures the required low colour is achieved.
Lager malt has a higher protein content which ensures ample enzymatic capability. When combined with the high levels of free amino nitrogen present, this assures excellent brewing performance even when un-malted adjuncts form part of the grist composition. It is a low colour lightly modified malt for use in Pilsner and Lager beer styles
Historically, lager malt is a malt made from popular English strains of barley that would be used to make English Pale or English Pale Ale malt. English Ales classically made from 2-row base malt kilned to 3-5Lovibond in color are very malt-forward. Some English Maltsters kiln 2-row to lower color ratings from the same barley strains and call it Lager Malt.
Lager Malt is a superb low colour malt suitable for lighter beers. Well modified, high extract UK spring two-row barley provides high enzymic activity, low colour, low nitrogen, and exceptional mashing performance. It can be used to make any style of lager with its clean, light malty taste.
Malt is kilned at a low temperature to ensure that the malt is a pale colour with a delicate flavour but also to preserve a high level of diastatic activity. Modern lager malts are now fully modified and therefore a simple infusion mash can be used. The diastatic activity of our lager malt means that a good proportion of unmalted grains may safely be included in the mash if required.
Maximum Grist Percentage: 100%
What are the scales used?
"Degrees Lovibond" or "°L" scale is a measure of the colour of beer. The determination of the degrees Lovibond takes place by comparing the colour of the substance to a series of amber to brown glass slides. The scale was devised by Joseph Williams Lovibond. The Standard Reference Method (SRM) and European Brewery Convention (EBC) methods have largely replaced it, with the SRM giving results approximately equal to the °L.
The Standard Reference Method or SRM is a system modern brewers use to measure the colour intensity of a beer or wort. The EBC convention also measures beer and wort colour, as well as quantifying turbidity (also known as haze) in beer. EBC (European Brewing Convention) is used to indicate colour in malts (and beers). The lower the EBC is, the lighter is the malt (thus kilned for a shorter time). EBC and SRM/°L scales and conversions are available online and usually provide colour swatches to indicate the colour depth that you are likely to achieve from specific malts. Most craft brewers measure the colour of the grain using EBC (European Brewing Convention). The higher the EBC the darker the malt. Other countries may prefer Lovibond (L) or the Standard Reference Method (SRM). There are currently two colour scales in common use: SRM in the US, and EBC in Europe. The SRM (Standard Research Method) scale is based on an older degrees Lovibond scale and for all practical purposes, SRM and degree Lovibond are identical. So to convert SRM to EBC simply multiply by 2. e.g. 4 SRM = 8 EBC. The formula for converting Lovibond to EBC is EBC=(2*Lovibond)-1.2
Why Use Dark Rock Malts and Hops?
The Dark Rock Brewing team are passionate about producing the best quality beers. Their mission is to help you to "Master your Craft" and brew the best craft beers possible. There is no reason why home-produced ales cannot be just as good as commercial equivalents. The key to success is having a wide selection of the best quality and freshest ingredients possible. Dark Rock ingredients are not just great value, they are of the highest quality and always supplied fresh. The team strive to constantly innovate and experiment with new styles and products. Dark Rock also markets top-quality all-grain and partial--mash kits which receive fabulous reviews. They are experienced commercial brewers and supply craft micro-breweries and nano-breweries with equipment and ingredients. They also provide training and business development consultancy to scale-up breweries. This experience is channelled into equipping the home craft brewer with the "tools to compete". Use Dark Rock products and you can't go wrong.
Customer Reviews 1 item(s)
- Cleaner and crisper than floor malted
Cleaner and crisper than floor malted, but with a little less depth as you'd expect.
Used in a Saison with Biscuit and Vienna. Good cheap base malt.