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Brewing with Malted Corn? We’re All Ears!

While malted corn isn’t always easy to work with, craft maltsters and brewers are figuring out how best to use what is essentially a new and flavorful ingredient. As interest grows, so will the options and the expertise.

Don Tse Jul 17, 2023 - 11 min read

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“My elevator pitch for our Cumberland Corn Malt is, ‘Think cornbread instead of basic grits,’ says Brent Manning, founder and head of product development at Riverbend Malt House in Asheville, North Carolina. “Richer, more nuanced sweetness is what is delivered.”

Meanwhile, he says, heirloom varieties such as Bloody Butcher “see their spice character elevated post-malting.”

While most brewers are familiar with flaked corn as an ingredient, Riverbend and other maltsters across North America are malting corn, including some obscure and once-overlooked varieties, to offer a flavorful new ingredient to craft brewers.

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Don Tse is an internationally recognized beer writer and beer judge, working from his home base in the middle of North America’s barley belt.