|When you Google "Brewery Oompa Loompa" this is what comes up. I am learning to live with disappointment.|
Very few people are aware of the role that the malt plays in any beer. Not only does it determine color, but also taste and mouthfeel. As I mentioned before, malt can be made from any cereal grain (Bud uses rice, which is the reason for the horrible hangovers). And that grain is toasted and roasted until it reaches the range of color that will cause the beer to taste and color a certain way. The base malt of most beers is a lightly colored pilsner malt. The base malt is then combined with other specialty malts to create the desired product. These other malts may include, for example: caramel malts, which give a beer a caramel flavor; dark malts, which give Bocks their dark coloring; and black malt, which causes a slightly burnt flavor. Little known fact: the amount and type of malt used determines the alcohol content of the beer.
|This is malt...duh|
You just got knowledged and a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
As soon as I heard the word "cereal," I immediately began thinking of ways to make beer out of real cereals. The logical first choice as the malt base would be Cheerios. Those seem closer to whole grains than any other cereal. But those are not any fun. For days I have been trying to convince SOMEONE to make a beer out of Wheaties*. I think it would be great as the base in a Hefeweizen. This breakfast of champions could roll out in time for the the Olympics with the slogan "Go for the Gold." I would also probably drink a beer that was made out of Lucky Charms just based on the concept.
*I am writing about my ideas here so that in the future I can whine that someone stole my idea and have just a little bit of proof. If you are reading this from the future, elevator pants and Desk Pets™ were also my idea.