Thursday 21 July 2022

1966 DDR malt characteristics

Aren't you lot lucky? More details about DDR malt types. Something you never thought you'd need to know about.

There are still eight different types of malt. Just not exactly the same ones. Gone are Brühmalz and Vienna malt. And in come melanoidin and Kara-Hell. I'm guessing the former was replacement for Brühmalz

Not just the types of, also the specs for some have changed. Most notably Kara-Münch, which has become much paler. The 1953 standard was 40 to 90, which seemed high to me. Incidentally, they're using two colour scales again. Kara-Hell, Kara-Münch and Farbmalz are on the lintner scale, the rest Brand.

Kara-Pils has also become paler, ending up with the same colour as standard Pilsner malt.

Next time will be real fun. As this document has much more detailed technical specifications.

1966 DDR malt characteristics
Type Flavour Colour Appearance of endosperm
Pilsner malt malt-aromatic 0.16 to 0.25 pale, floury grains at least 94%
Munich malt 0.80 to 1.20 light brown, floury kernels at least 90%, occasionally browned kernels permitted
Melanoidin malt 3.0 to 6.0 golden brown, glassy
Kara-Pils-Malt malty, not bitter and not burnt 0.16 to 0.25 pale, glassy
Kara-Hell-malt 5.0 to 14.0 golden brown
Kara-Münch malt 15.0 to 40.0 dark brown
Farbmalz not bitter 140 to 180 dark brown
Wheat malt malt-aromatic 0.20 to 0.30 pale, floury
1966 TGL 17756 page 2.



Anonymous said...

Does the removal of Vienna mean a style of beer went away too? Or is that just due to reformulating recipes and substituting other malts?

Ron Pattinson said...


pretty sure they never brewed the style Vienna. It doesn't appear in any of the standards.