Malt extract & Barley malt extract
The term Malt extract is associated with brewing beer. It is a process by which sugar is extracted and segregated. Malt extract is available in the liquid form and dry form. There are several classes of Malt Extracts, including Standard Malt Extracts, Specialty and Black Malt Extracts, and Extracts of Malt and Other Cereal Grains. There is a legend that early Egyptians manufactured malt by placing it in a wicker basket, which was then lowered into the open wells of that time.

It was first lowered into the water for steeping, after which it was raised above the water level for germination.

Malt extract is primarily obtained by processing barley grain and separating the sugar from the crop and then concentrating it. Because of its high fiber content the malt is advantageous for cleaning bowel problem and maintaining intestinal health. The malt is further processed to form a certain extract called Barley Malt extract which apart from cleaning the intestine also helps you to get rid of bad cholesterol. The sugar extracted is known as maltose.

As the first step of the process barley is immersed fully in water and the grain is allowed to sprout. Then as the sprouting happens the process is suddenly halted by separating the grain from water and drying them. This way sprouting is stopped abruptly but the enzymes remain active and do their work. These enzymes breakdown the starch and turn them into malt sugar. The next step needs to separate the malt sugar from barley and form Barley Malt extract. It was first lowered into the water for steeping, after which it was raised above the water level for germination.

More breakdown of starches is needed and to do so brewers apply a process called mashing. The grain is boiled in heated water which is heated till a particular temperature. The sugar gets dissolved in the water and comes out of the grain. It is called wort. Concentrated wort is called malt extract. It is obtained by concentrating the wort by applying vacuum or heat to bring out water from the mixture and separate it.

The concentrated wort can be transformed into alcohol in the fermentation process with the help of yeast. Some brewers prefer the liquid form of this malt to its dry form. It is mostly because in liquid form pure malt is available. Also here one step can be avoided to dry the malt and therefore the cost reduces comparatively. But there are a few drawbacks in dealing with liquid barley malt extract has a very short shelf life and is super sticky which makes it very difficult to work with.

They are in the syrup form and can be messier while dealing with. Also it needs greater amount of effort to clean things once work is done. On the other hand the dry version of malt extract is malt extract is a bit costlier but it is easy to measure and use it and requires very less cleanup effort. But this dry version of malt extract too gets sticky when it comes in contact with water.

More breakdown of starches is needed and to do so brewers apply a process called mashing. The grain is boiled in heated water which is heated till a particular temperature. The sugar gets dissolved in the water and comes out of the grain. It is called wort. Concentrated wort is called malt extract. It is obtained by concentrating the wort by applying vacuum or heat to bring out water from the mixture and separate it.

The concentrated wort can be transformed into alcohol in the fermentation process with the help of yeast. Some brewers prefer the liquid form of this malt to its dry form. It is mostly because in liquid form pure malt is available. Also here one step can be avoided to dry the malt and therefore the cost reduces comparatively. But there are a few drawbacks in dealing with liquid barley malt extract has a very short shelf life and is super sticky which makes it very difficult to work with.

They are in the syrup form and can be messier while dealing with. Also it needs greater amount of effort to clean things once work is done. On the other hand the dry version of malt extract is malt extract is a bit costlier but it is easy to measure and use it and requires very less cleanup effort. But this dry version of malt extract too gets sticky when it comes in contact with water.