Cassandra Liscomb, Daniel Bies, and Robert Hansen.
Briess Malt & Ingredients Co., Chilton, WI, U.S.A.
Specialty malts are those malts that by definition provide
something different or “special” to wort and beer. Information on
specialty malts is often presented around how they are made or specific
styles they are used in. As brewers in the United States and worldwide
become more creative and the ever-increasing number of beer styles
expands and blurs, it is important to revisit the discussion around
impacts of specialty malts and define their features and benefits
outside of stylistic references. This article summarizes available
information for many specialty malt types and their contributions to
wort and beer.