What is it?
Flaked Maize is a malt adjunct used in beer recipes such as American Pilsners. It is also used in Belgian Trappist beers and American Cream Ales to increase alcohol without adding extra heaviness. Maize lends a dryer finish, lightens the body/colour, and clears well due to its low nitrogen content. It gives a lighter colour than Pilsner malt and allows the hop character to be better expressed. Can be used up to 40 % of the grist bill for brewing light beers.
- Cream Ale
- Trappist Beer
Mash ready, Flaked Maize is produced from yellow corn and is normally used in moderate quantities. It provides the depth of character to lighter beers, The adjunct can be used in amounts of up to 40% of the total grist.
Flaked maize (corn) is pre gelatinised and mash ready brewing adjunct and distillers ingredient. The pre-gelatinised flakes will give a higher yield and a more trouble-free brew than conventional flaked corn and does not contain any unwanted additives. Flaked maize has been degermed (ie the oil removed) to eliminate rancidity. Do not mill flaked maize.
Flaked maize is effectively corn that has had its germ and oil removed, is often looked down on as a brewing ingredient due to its regular use by larger breweries making light beers for heavy consumption by the general population. Historically, it was used as an adjunct to aid with stability and clarity. It also offers a slightly smoother, sweeter characteristic.
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?
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