Back to Shopping at

What happened to my grain?!

So, I just mashed in on a Pilsner…100% German pilsner malt… however, I am seeing something I have never seen before. From inside the husks, is what appears to be germination??? My mash looks like I had added rice to it… surely there is a simple explanation to this. Not worried, just concerned, but more interested than anything.

Thanks in advance!

Quoted from Wikipedia:
Malt is germinated cereal grains that have been dried in a process known as “malting”. The grains are made to germinate by soaking in water, and are then halted from germinating further by drying with hot air. Malting grains develops the enzymes required to modify the grain’s starches into sugars, including monosaccharides such as glucose or fructose, and disaccharides, such as sucrose or maltose. It also develops other enzymes, such as proteases, which break down the proteins in the grain into forms which can be used by yeast.

That’s normal. I think you are describing the coleoptile. It’s part of the germinated malt (barley) seed.

Back to Shopping at