OPTIMA Colouring Wheat Malt

A dark-coloured malt produced from wheat malt. It gives the beer a black colour and aromas of ash, heavily roasted coffee and chocolate. When used in larger amounts, it makes the beer black, opaque, with ruby reflections. A small addition (up to 5 percent) gives the beer a red or reddish-brown colour, specific to British bitters.

It shouldn’t make up more than 10 percent of the grist. The intense colouring malt aroma in beer is usually undesirable. Therefore, in order to avoid ashy notes, it is most often added at the end of mashing or extracted in cold water, to which it imparts an intense colour. Wheat colouring malt is distinguished from barley colouring malt by its mild roasted, chocolate and coffee notes. It works best with dark and red beers.

Aroma: chocolate, coffee, ashy, toasted.