Using roast barley also helped those brewers making dark beers work around war-time malt rationing.pint of lager said:Governments like to raise taxes, and have used a tax on alcohol for many years. One way of applying this tax was to tax the amount of malted barley used. A cunning Irish brewer worked out they could use unmalted roast barley rather than malted barley to avoid paying some of these taxes.
As Guinness have worked hard to make their beer uniform across the world (eg axeing bottle conditioned versions in countries where there was still a market for it, etc) reducing their beer to the lowest common denominator, I doubt Guinness are brewing anything different for Germany unless they are getting some huge marketing advantage from doing so. There are more myths about Guinness than any other beer I suspect.wessmith said:As a counterpoint, the Guiness brewed for export to Germany has always been made with Roasted malt as the rheinheitsgebot law would not allow the use of unmalted grain. Still done this way today as I understand it.
Ok, I'm willing to accept there is German variant if you have evidence for it - I'm just surprised.wessmith said:Sean, not only do Guinness brew a "special" for the German market, they actually have something like 19 variants of the brew around the world. Try the Guinness Export in Malaysia and you will find something VERY different from what we see here in Australia. Even the kegged product destined for the US market is slightly different to that produced and shipped locally in Ireland. There was an article recently in one of the trade mags - Brewers Guardian I think, that gave a lot of detail.
Further to the informative insights already posted, your question has the answer already in it...Roasted malt is malted barley that is roasted to achieve a darker colour. Roasted barley is UNMALTED barley that is roasted to achieve a darker colour.mje1980 said:Are these two malts the same?? they look the same, but want to make sure. Any advice would be appreciated.
It's unlikely these days, but in the 'old' days you wouldn't necessarly know that some variants were there - you needed inside knowledge to tell - for instance knowing that all Guinness sold in Eldridge Pope and Hall and Woodhouse pubs, or packaged by either, was St James' Gate brewed, while everything else in the South of England was brewed at Park Royal.Wortgames said:True. Even here in Aus if you hunt around you can find 2 or 3 different versions - sometimes even in the same bottle shop.