How different grain effects brewing

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  1. dave althouse

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    How do different grain effect the outcome of brewing? Is there a list of the different types of grain and what they could do to brewing. Let's say I want to increase head retention, what would I add. If you want to brew a specific style of beer what grain do you use. Just wondering.

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    Palmer's "How to Brew". There's the Brewing Elements installment called "Malt" but that's spectacularly unhelpful. Malt has enough protein in it to give beer a head, so if head retention is a problem, I wouldn't start with malt. I'd start with cleanliness: Oils or soaps are amazingly efficient head destroyers. If you're washing your glasses in the dishwasher and using a rinse aid, you're coating your glasses with surfactants - soap-like compounds that both cause the water to sheet off the glasses and destroy beer head with their residue. If you're still having problems, make sure you're not doing a protein rest. Most modern malts do not need it. Then, and only then, look to your grist. Head-encouraging malts are wheat malt and dextrine malts.
     

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