Warminster English brown malt is a kilned specialty malt that is dryer and less sweet than crystal malt of same color.  Mild coffee and biscuit notes, subtle caramel and toasted bread.  Warminster town is one of the former malting capitals of the British Isles.  Warminster is on the western tip of the important Icknield Series soil type, the most perfect soil for growing premium malting barley. Top quality barleys grown across Salisbury Plain have sustained English malting for hundreds of years.

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  • One pound top tier brand specific Warminster Brown Malt from the United Kingdom
  • Malt type:  Specialty roasted malt, dark amber to light brown hue
  • Color:  45°L, Extract FG Min: 72.8%, Diastatic Power:  Low, Usage Rate:  100% max
  • TASTING NOTES:  Dryer and less sweet than crystal malt of same color.  Mild coffee and biscuit notes, subtle caramel and toasted bread.
  • Suitable for English ales, old ales, mild ales, brown ales, stouts and porters
  • UPC:  888690115842

Malt is often called the “Heart of Beer” for good reason. Malted barley, or malt, is the basic ingredient used in the production of beer, providing complex carbohydrates and sugars necessary for fermentation, as well as contributing flavors and colors that are uniquely characteristic of beer. Grain, mostly barley, that we artificially germinate in order to ‘kickstart’ the conversion of its high starch content into a sugary substance.  Brewers and distillers complete the conversion process and then ferment to make alcoholic beverages.

Floor Made – More Natural, More Sustainable

At Warminster Malting we select our barleys by eye, and make our malts by hand. These are the procedures which have prevailed at our malthouses for more than 160 years, and are fundamental to their very special quality.  Like all food processing, slower is better. Our maltings was designed to follow gentle procedures, allowing for the optimum expression of the barley’s properties. Our germination floors are the perfect environment to optimize the ‘modification’ of the barley’s starch into the sugary substance called maltose.

Water comes from our own well, sunk deep below the malthouse into the chalk substrata. The temperature of this water is a stable 52F, winter and summer alike, perfect for the first stage of the malting process. Steeping the barley in water over 3 days is critical to triggering germination, the next stage in the process.

Ventilation and temperature control of the germination floors is vital to the ‘modification’ of the ‘green malt’. We work with the ambient temperatures, closing the window shutters when it is cold, and opening them when it is warm. The layout of the malthouses with its central wedge-shaped courtyard is a blueprint of the classic Victorian maltings. The complex was designed for purpose, exploiting nature’s elements.

Passage of the green malt through the process still depends more on manpower than on fossil fuels. The maltsters are permanently armed with a malt shovel, from steep to kiln, with other hand tools (malt ploughs, turners and levellers) completing the inventory of processing aids. At Warminster, manpower is one of our most valuable, versatile and sustainable resources. It is why our customers refer to our team as “the Malt-Stars of Warminster”.


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Weight 17 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 2 in













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