Malt Extracts Comparison
Malt extracts are your door into homebrewing. If you’re brewing an extract kit then you’ll start with one of these. There aren’t hundreds of options like traditional grains but there is enough to make a good beer with the right specialty grains.
A malter makes malt extracts by essentially making a giant batch of wort and condensing it down through various processes. Generally, you can find what grains they used on the package. The Homebrewer’s Association has a great write up on how malt extracts are made.
Malt extract comes in either a powder or liquid form. The powder is almost like a cross between brown and powdered sugar. It’s very sticky and loves absorbing moisture. The liquid form is very much like a syrup. It’s impossible to get all of it out by just pouring so plan to swirl some warm water around to get every last drop of fermentables. The liquid version also comes in either hopped or unhopped variations.
There’s no real need to boil the extract for a full 60 minutes. A quick 15 to 20 minute boil will be long enough to boil off most bad flavors and kill any chance of infection. My personal preference was to drop it in at the beginning of the boil when doing extract recipes.
Malt extracts do have a few drawbacks. They make a batch more expensive compared to brewing the same in all grain. The main drawback is you will lose quite a bit of flavor control. Even base malts give off flavors that you can’t quite get with an extract. Malt extracts tend to have a similar caramel-like flavor so you’ll also need a good selection of specialty grains and yeasts if you want some variety in your beers.
Here’s a list of malt extracts that I’ve found available at most homebrew sites. I’ve included flavors, ingredients, PPG, Lovibond, organic info, and even gluten-free info to help you build your recipe. Most of the stats have come directly from their malters but some have been averaged from similar extracts as there appears to be nothing for them in the spec sheets. Always double-check with current malt specs as things may change. I’ll update more when I find them. Feel free to email me or comment if you have one of the malt extract’s newer specs.
|Malter||Variety||Flavors / Beer Style||Ingredients||Color (Lovibond)||PPG||Gluten Free / Organic|
|Alexander||Pale Malt Syrup||Most Styles||2-Row Klages Barley||N/A||N/A||No|
|Briess||Bavarian Wheat Dry Malt Extract||Neutral, Malty||Malted Wheat, Malted Barley||3||43||No|
|Briess||Bavarian Wheat Liquid Malt Extract||Neutral, Malty||Malted Wheat, Malted Barley||3||35||No|
|Briess||Dark Dry Malt Extract||Sweet, Strong Malt||Base Malt, Victory, Caramel 80L, Chocolate, Carapils||30||43||No|
|Briess||Dark Liquid Malt Extract||Sweet, Strong Malt||Base Malt, Victory, Caramel 80L, Chocolate, Carapils||30||35||No|
|Briess||Golden Light Malt Extract||Malty||Base Malt, Carapils||4||43||No|
|Briess||Munich Liquid Malt Extract||Rich Malt, Biscuit||Base Malt, Bonlander Munich 10L||8||35||No|
|Briess||Organic Light Extract||Malty||Organic Malted Barley||4||43||ORG|
|Briess||Pale Ale Liquid Malt Extract||Rich Malt, Slight Biscuit, Slight Nuts||Pale Ale Malt||6||35||No|
|Briess||Pilsen Light Dry Malt Extract||Slight Malt||Pilsen, Carapils||2||43||No|
|Briess||Pilsen Light Liquid Malt Extract||Slight Malt||Pilsen, Carapils||2||35||No|
|Briess||Porter Liquid Malt Extract||Sweet, Strong Malt||Base Malt, Victory, Caramel 80L, Chocolate, Carapils||17||35||No|
|Briess||Rye Liquid Malt Extract||Sweet, Malty, Caramel, Slight Spicy Rye||Base Malt, Rye Malt, Caramel 40L||9||35||No|
|Briess||Sparkling Amber Dry Malt Extract||Sweet, Malty, Caramel||Malted Barley||10||43||No|
|Briess||Sparkling Amber Liquid Malt Extract||Sweet, Malty, Caramel||Malted Barley||10||35||No|
|Briess||Vienna Liquid Malt Extract||Malty, Slight Biscuit||Goldpils Vienna Malt||6||35||No|
|Briess||White Sorghum Syrup||Neutral||White Sorghum||3||37||GF|
|Maillard Malts||Amber Malt Extract Syrup||Rich Malt||Pale Malt, Caramel 60L Malt, Munich Malt||10||36||No|
|Maillard Malts||Dark Malt Extract Syrup||Porters, Stouts||Pale Malt, Caramel 60L Malt, Munich Malt, Black Malt||30||36||No|
|Maillard Malts||Gold Malt Extract Syrup||Pale Ales, IPA's||Pale Malt, Carapils Malt||4||36||No|
|Maillard Malts||Maris Otter Malt Extract Syrup||English Styles, American Styles||Maris Otter Malt||7.2||36||No|
|Maillard Malts||Munich Malt Extract Syrup||German Styles||Pale Malt, Munich Malt||8||36||No|
|Maillard Malts||Organic Light Malt Syrup||Most Styles||Organic Malted Barley||4||35||ORG|
|Maillard Malts||Pilsen Malt Extract Syrup||Crisp, Slight Malt||Pilsner Malt, Carapils Malt||2.25||36||No|
|Maillard Malts||Rye Malt Extract Syrup||Spicy, Earthy||2-Row Malt, Malted Rye, Caramel 40L Malt||6||35||No|
|Maillard Malts||Sorghum Extract Syrup||Neutral||White Sorghum||4||37||GF|
|Maillard Malts||Vienna Malt Extract Syrup||Rich Malt, Slight Toast||Goldpils Vienna Malt||7||36||No|
|Maillard Malts||Wheat Malt Extract Syrup||Wheat Beers||Wheat Malt, Pale Malt||3||36||No|
|Muntons||Amber Liquid Malt Extract||Ales, Bitters||Pale Malt, Crystal Malt||10||35||No|
|Muntons||Dark Liquid Malt Extract||Porters, Stouts||Chocolate Malt, Pale Malt, Crystal Malt||30||35||No|
|Muntons||Extra Dark Dry Malt Extract||Porters, Stouts||N/A||34.5||44||No|
|Muntons||Extra Light Dry Malt Extract||Most Styles||Lager Malt||2.5||42||No|
|Muntons||Extra Light Liquid Malt Extract||Rich Malt||Lager Malt||2.5||37||No|
|Muntons||Hopped Amber Liquid Malt Extract||Ales, Bitters||Pale Malt, Crystal Malt||10||35||No|
|Muntons||Hopped Dark Liquid Malt Extract||Dark Beers||Chocolate Malt, Pale Malt, Crystal Malt||30||35||No|
|Muntons||Hopped Light Liquid Malt Extract||Most Styles||Lager Malt, English Hops||4||35||No|
|Muntons||Light Dry Malt Extract||Most Styles||N/A||4||42||No|
|Muntons||Light Liquid Malt Extract||Light Malt||English Lager Malt||4||35||No|
|Muntons||Maris Otter Liquid Malt Extract||British Styles, American Styles||Maris Otter||4||36||No|
|Northern Brewer||Super Structure Malt Blend for IPA||American 2-Row Malt, English Maris Otter Malt, Light Caramel Malt||4.5||36||No|