Thunder Volcano

Boundless enthusiasm for something stupid

Select Malts

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I’ve noticed a fair number of beer labels will say something to the effect of “made with four select malts”.  What exactly does the phrase “select malts” mean?  That the malts were selected?  I’d assume that the selection process here is also known as “writing a recipe”, so are they trying to imply that other brewers just say “fuck it, let’s just take whatever barley we’ve got lying around and throw it in the mash tun, it’ll probably turn into beer eventually”?  The phrase is also usually accompanied by “choice hops”, which is similarly meaningless.

On a similar note, it would be nice if beer labels would stop saying things like “made with eight different malts” like that’s something to brag about.  You don’t see many chefs bragging about how they used every spice on the rack, do you?  Maybe you shouldn’t be so proud about the fact that you aren’t very good at writing recipes.


Written by Baron Volcano

10/15/2010 at 2:10 am

Posted in Beer, I got opinions

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