malt & more

June 2017

Special and craft malts: Old beer in new barrels?

2017-07-14T09:02:05+00:00 June 21st, 2017|malt & more|

The craft beer trend has breathed new life into malt: Special beers demand a corresponding malt. But in fact, special malts have always been around. So what is new about this latest trend? What makes a special or craft malt stand out? Basically, pale base malts like Pilsen or light-colored wheat malts are the real [...]

May 2017

Malt requires harmony

2017-05-09T11:23:34+00:00 May 9th, 2017|malt & more|

What makes a good malt? Whatever type of malt we are creating or refining – whether it is a standard, special or craft malt – we at BESTMALZ rely on a magical blend of four elements that have to harmonize! And here are the four elements we are talking about: Color Sensory properties Ingredients Processability [...]

April 2017

Homebrewing – Getting off to a good start

2017-04-07T12:18:58+00:00 April 7th, 2017|malt & more|

Homebrewing is all the rage: Following the increasing popularity of craft beer, the homebrewing wave has now spilled over to Germany. However, unlike in English-speaking countries, where brewing kits and the necessary equipment and ingredients have been available in larger supermarkets for years, homebrewers in Germany have to rely on special providers or online shops. [...]

Crop Report N° 1 on German 2017 Spring Barley

2017-04-05T10:23:22+00:00 April 5th, 2017|malt & more|

End of March, the Braugersten-Gemeinschaft e. V. (German Malting Barley Association) has compiled an overview of summer barley plantings expected for the cultivation year 2017. Temperatures in the winter of 2016/2017 were 0.7 °C (approx. 1.3 °F) above the long-term average, while aggregate rainfall was about one third below that. Especially in the south of [...]

March 2017

February 2017

Good malt is worth waiting for

2017-02-01T09:12:30+00:00 February 1st, 2017|malt & more|

A good beer takes time to mature – and the same applies to malt. This is why BESTMALZ® has committed itself to slow malting. But what does that mean exactly? The elaborate malting process consists of cleaning, steeping, germinating and kiln-drying. The germination time triggered by steeping has a decisive influence on the quality of [...]

December 2016

A new craving: Cookies and beer

2017-01-30T01:29:22+00:00 December 15th, 2016|malt & more, events|

What would Christmas be without the scent of freshly baked cookies? But what beverage goes best with gingerbread, cookies and Christmas cake? The classic choice is coffee and tea, or at the most a glass of mulled wine at the Christmas market. In the English-speaking world, cookies can also be dunked in milk. But whatever [...]

November 2016