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pjaj's picture
pjaj

Malt flour

Does anyone know of a supply of malt flour in the UK?


I know about Wessex Mill's Malt Loaf Flour, but this is a mixture of 15% malt flour with white flour and it has sugar and "flour improver" as well.


Malt flours come in several grades ranging from pale lightly roasted with the enzymes still active to a dark roast with more flavour, but no enzyme activity left.


I've emailed two commercial suppliers a few days ago, but have received no replys, so I'm not hopeful there.

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nguy78

It's not difficult to malt wheat and make your own malt flower, your chances are pretty good that if you find organic wheat berries in the store you'll be able to sprout them (for malt you want the berry fully utilized, which is about when the sprout is the same length as the wheat berry itself.)  Then all you have to do is dry it in the oven at a low setting of no more than 170F to keep the enzymes active and grind it like you would any other grain... assuming that you have a mill.  Or use a coffee grinder and make a coarse flower and a rustic malted WW loaf.


 

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suave

Last time I bought malt one of the varieties came from British company called Simpsons Malt. 

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rcrabtree

The brewer's malt might not be a bad route to follow.  Here in the US there are homebrew stores all over the place, each carrying several different varieties (including kilned and roasted as you mentioned).  True, you would need a mill, but you could have the homebrew store crack it for you in their roller mill and finish it off with a coffee grinder, as nguy78 suggested.  I probably have 20 lbs of malted wheat in my basement that I'm never going to use, I was on a weissbier kick last year.

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Redcliffbaker

You might try http://www.heygates.co.uk/heygatesuk-mills.html, I know they do a wonderful malt crunch flour.


 

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clivechurch

In the UK there are 3 suppliers that I know of. Their flours are available in health and organic food shops and direct from the mills (well worth visiting)


http://www.bacheldremill.co.uk/MALTED-BLEND-HR-200.jpg 


http://www.fwpmatthews.co.uk/cotswold_flours.php 


http://www.shipton-mill.com/301-Organic-Light-Malthouse-Flour.html


 

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pjaj

Thank you all for your ideas. Sadly all the suggested UK mills seem only sell blended flours containing malt or malted grains. What I'm looking for is a pure malt flour, which only seems to be available in bulk quantities for commercial bakeries.


As for milling my own flour, that would require me to purchase a mill. There is one available for my Kenwood Chef mixer, but I can't justify the cost just for this one use. I'd never get it past the finance comitee! There isn't much tradition of home milling in the UK and so supplies are not too readily available, although I agree that brewing malt can be obtained relatively easily.


For now, I think I will have to stick with the malt loaf mix from Wessex Mills. I've now found this in a farm shop in nearby Abingdon, which is nearere than going to the mill which itself is only 10 miles away.

suave's picture
suave

Keep in mind that malted grains are much softer, so unless you need massive amounts they can be ground rather easily in a coffee grinder.

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rkoppaka

I ordered diastatic malt flour from the American Spice Company (www.americanspice.com). It arrived in 2 days.

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pjaj

Sadly, American Spice Company is in Fory Wayne, Indiana. I very much doubt if importing from the USA would be cost effective for me.

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pjaj

I emailed the UK Flour Advisory Bureau, explaining what I wanted and remarking that Muntons had not replied to my email. Their helpful reply was as follows:-


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Try and contact the Muntons Malted Ingredients - tel -01449 618 300
And also make contact with the following:


Edme Ltd - tel 01206 393 725
Rank Hovis Ltd - 01427 613 502
Bacheldre Watermill - tel 01588 620 489


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Note all these telephone numbers are UK natioinal numbers.


I had already found 3 of these company's web sites but hadn't tried phoning any of them.


I will try these over the next day or so and report back.


 

Richard Sampford's picture
Richard Sampford

Hi,


Wessexmill will only be to happy to help out if you give them a ring or visit there web site.


tel 01235-768991


www.wessexmill.co.uk

pjaj's picture
pjaj

Sorry Richard,


I live only 10 miles from Wessex Mill and I've been there to buy flour. I asked if they did a pure malt flour and the answer was no.

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Richard Sampford

Its not something that we list and sell to the public normally, what do you want to use it for ? and how much was you after? e-mail me on flourorder@wessexmill.co.uk as I also live in Abingdon

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pjaj

Richard, I tried to email you, but it bounced claiming no such address.


Maybe there is a typo?

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Richard Sampford

Sorry it should be


flourorder@tiscali.co.uk