Liquid Malt Extract & Dry Malt Extract

Malt extract is primarily the sugar extracted from barley crop after an extensive procedure followed precisely as they are being written down. It is useful for them who are suffering from bowel problems. Due to high fiber content the malt is good for consumption in such cases as it helps to clean the intestine and lower bad cholesterol in the body. It helps to maintain intestinal health. Now this malt extract is available in two different forms namely Liquid Malt Extract and Dry Malt Extract. As their names suggest liquid malt extract has more proportion of water compared to dry malt extract which has almost no water in it.

At first the barley crops are subjected to water so that the grains start sprouting. As soon as the process of sprouting starts the crops are removed from water. This is sudden halt stops sprouting but keeps the enzymes active so that they can breakdown the sugar from the starch. On the later stage these crops are subjected to boiling water where the sugar gets dissolved in the water and gets separated from the hard grains. This process of mashing especially breaks down the starch. This gives rise to wort. This wort is further concentrated by projecting them to heat and vacuum to bring out the water from it. On the later stage this extract is called malt extract. They are then fermented with the help of yeast to give rise to alcohol.

The malt as is obtained as liquid malt extract and Dry Malt Extract. The brewers find the one which is ideal for them to use. The liquid malt extract is preferred by some mainly for two reasons. The malt is available in its purest form. Second since the malt is not dried therefore the product has gone through one step less which lowers its cost. But the cons are liquid malt extract is very sticky and has very low shelf life. They are very hard to work with and need a lot of cleanup effort.

On the other hand Dry Malt Extract is preferred by many as it is easy to handle since the product is less sticky and therefore needs less cleanup but the dried malt version is costlier compared to the liquid. This dried version of malt extract too becomes sticky when it comes in contact with water. It has been observed that liquid malt extract which is more or less like thick syrup has 20% water content but the dried malt extract has no water in it at all. This is because apart from heat and vacuum the malt is subjected to dry spraying which throws away any water element present in the water. Both the products are useful in human life and used by the individuals as per their personal needs. Conversion from liquid malt extract to dried and vice versa is possible.