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My malt has weevils in it? What do I do?

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asked 3 years ago by anonymous

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Weevils are very small insects that have hard shells.  If you were to accidentally eat wheat flour or corn meal that was infected with weevils, the grit of the bug's exoskeletons would feel and sound like sand in your teeth.  They probably do not harbour dangerous microbes and probably wouldn't hurt you.  But if your malt has weevils in it, it probably is also stale and would make a less pleasant beer.  If it is a base malt, its enzymatic power is probably not what it used to be.  Obviously, none of the bugs would survive a 150 F steep or mash and then an hour boil.  But, the bug's contents would leak into your wort and, I would assume, make the beer taste even less pleasant; however, I think the yeast would have more nutrients to work with and they  might be good for fermentation.  If you ever wondered what a 17th century alewife's beer might taste like, try darkly toasting 1/10th of it in the oven and bitter with some old cheesy fuggle hops.  This malt would probably make better compost than beer.
answered 3 years ago by Moses (180 points)

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