Oat Malt

I was looking through my Northern Brewer catalog and found Oat Malt. It appears to be a pretty rare malt. Along with Wheat Malt, it is an interesting alternative to the actual non-malted grain as an addition to your beer recipe. I did some research into this malt but I also wanted to get more information from our readers.

Flavor: Not much information about the flavor. I am guessing it adds more to the mouthfeel of the beer which is sorta slick, sorta creamy.
Color: 4° L – I don’t think it adds much color.
Body: Northern Brewer described the warmth that Oat Malt adds to a beer. It’s got to be similar to the feel of oatmeal.
Use: It’s got to be great for Oatmeal Stouts. Probably good for robust porters and ambers.

So what say you? When you brew recipes that call for oats, would you rather brew with oats or oat malt?

Does anyone have experience in brewing with oat malt?

Pleas leave a comment. Thanks!

Comments

  1. I am of no use. Until this post, I had never heard of oat malt. I would also be very interested to hear from anyone who has used it.

  2. I second the motion. I have not heard of this either. I’m sure it has been used commercially, but I wonder if it is available to homebrewers.

  3. You can buy some from Northern Brewer. Maybe this malt is another chance for an <b>experiment</b>. *

    *Kinda of an in joke between Mike and me. We think of these great things to test out, but then we don’t take the time to conduct the test..at least not yet. Now that I have tagged this post, it’s made the list at least.

  4. I have plans for an imperial oat stout using oat malt. It’s a few months out still, so no idea how it’ll turn out.

  5. Hey just stumbled on your blog. Really nice. I brewed an Oat Wine a month ago using 8# of the Fawcetts Oat Malt. It’s sitting on some oak right now. The recipe is right here:
    http://citybrewer.blogspot.com/2009/04/oat-wine_14.html

  6. Oat wine. Very interesting. I like the oak/oat combo.

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