what is peated malt?

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what is peated malt?

Post by knonsuch » Sat Jan 11, 2003 4:05 am

I am new to homebrewing and I have been going over the recipes for Scotch Ales and have seen peated malt called for. My question is how is peated malt produced and can it be reproduced at home using the base 2-row malt or marris otter?

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Got a bog?

Post by Gravity Thrills » Sat Jan 11, 2003 4:21 am

Peated malt is malt that has been smoked over a turf or peat fire. The fantastic smokey flavor in Laphroig (I know that spelling is wrong) or some of the other killer single malt scothces from Islay, Scotland, is from the use of peated malt.

Peat is cut out of bogs, dried, and used as household fuel in rural Scotland and western Ireland. If you can find a similar source of fuel, you should be able to reproduce peated malt. If you use wood for smoking, you will probably end up with a malt that is similar to the German rauch malt. Both can be found online, though, and I would purchase it (you won't need much)rather than trying to make your own.

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bogged down...

Post by HomeBrew » Sat Jan 11, 2003 6:55 pm

This sounds great. If anyone knows of a source for peated malt, please post it...

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try this one...

Post by Gravity Thrills » Sun Jan 12, 2003 3:18 am

http://www.homebrewers.com/product/200110

This is from Homebrewer Outpost. I have seen a couple of suppliers indicate they are looking for a new source of peated malt as well. Good time of the year for a smoked porter, hmmm?

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Thanks...

Post by HomeBrew » Sun Jan 12, 2003 3:39 am

Think I'll give them a look -- thanks, Jim.

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