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Liquid Malt Extract

Malt extract is an important ingredient not only in food production but also in making beer. In brewing, malt is used in many applications including boosting the gravity of the beer and initiating fermentation. Malt extracts for making beer are sourced from the finest brewing malts to provide beer with interesting body and flavour. If you have been brewing your beer for quite some time already, then you must have noticed that there are two types of malt extracts that you can use - liquid and dry malt extracts.

Making liquid malt extract is similar to an all grain brew day, however there are several different steps involved. LME is a product that has had about 80% of its liquid removed while going through the evaporation process entirely. (more info below)
The first process involves milling the malt so that the sugar can be optimally released from the grain. This is often done using roller mills. Once the barley has been milled, it is then mashed under various temperatures so that starch is broken down to allow easy fermentation. During the mashing process, a thick substance is produced that needs to be separated. You can separate the floating debris or trub from the liquid wort by using filters such as bazooka screen or false bottoms. The wort is then boiled further for various reasons such as sterilize, coagulate proteins, and volatilize the DMS precursors that can affect the flavour of the end product. It is then subjected to a serious trub separation before it is then evaporated and cooled to create the liquid malt extract.

Making your own liquid malt extract may sound easy but it requires precision, patience, and great skills to get it right. However, understanding the process can help you better appreciate the things that go on in making beer. So if you are still practicing your skills, you can get prepared liquid malt extract so that you can still make beer and practice your brewing skills at the same time. For your convenience at OntarioBeerKegs.com we re-package liquid malt extract from large drums into convenient 3 lb or 33 lb containers.