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Indigo Malt Powder

jackie9999's picture

Indigo Malt Powder

I just bought a package of Indigo (brand) Malt Powder at my local Natures Emporium store to make some bagels. I've googled and can't find any more information on it and there isn't anything on the package.

Is there any way to tell if this is the right 'malt powder' called for in the recipe? Or if its diastatic or non-diastatic?

LindyD's picture

I used TLF's search function on Indigo malt power and found the following January 2008 post:


I think it's diastic malt powder but...


As far as I know, the malt powder I have is diastic malt powder. But I could be wrong...


I bought it at the healthfood store some time ago and keep it in the freezer. There is no list of ingredients on the package, which only says:


packaged goodness
Malt Powder
poudre de malt
300 G

Because Canadian packaging laws (as far as I know) require that all ingredients be listed on food, this indicates to me that it is just malt rather than "malt powder" like Horlick's (wheat flour, non-diastatic malt flour, and powdered milk).




edit:  I see that King Arthur sells non-diastic malt powder saying that  it is the main ingredient in New York bagels. Now I'm confused. Do I want diastic or non-diastic and what's the difference? 


jackie9999's picture

Thank you LindyD....

I had seen that post but was confused by the "this indicates to me that it is just malt rather than "malt powder"  comment.

LindyD's picture

I'm just as confused as you are and have no idea what the Indigo powder is.  Is it for making malts and milkshakes, or is it barley malt?  I'm thinking maybe the former.

Perhaps a call to the store where you purchaed it might help?  Surely they should know what they are selling to the public and if they don't know, they can call their distributor and ask.

Hope you find some answers!


jackie9999's picture

Here is the answer I got from the store, in case anyone else has this same brand:

"The malt powder is used as sweetener and should be non-diastatic. Please feel free to contact us if you have other questions. Thank you."

photojess's picture

at least if it's for the AB in 5 recipe.....I happened to ask Jeff and Zoe which one, and that's what she said.

Have no idea about India malt though

smallfarm's picture

I recently acquired this Indigo Packaged Goodness Malt Powder, and it tastes just like malted milk candy. Wondering: Has anyone tasted their diastatic malt powder?

The store where I acquired it had NO idea what it was for. I have a sneaking suspicion that this bulk packaging company is flying under the radar of labeling laws. Whether diastatic or not, it should list some ingredients - e.g. even pure malted grain, at minimum it should list what grain...  Also - and I may be wrong, but - I don't recall any ingredients listed on any "Indigo" products on the shelf of the store where I found it. (NB: I cannot easily return to confirm my suspicions, as the store was in Kensington Market, Toronto, Ontario and I live in rural British Columbia).

This leads me to another question - about two "diastatic malt" products that I can easily access online in Canada. Both list Dextrose in the ingredients. Why, I wonder, is there dextrose added?   (see Hoosier Hill and

I have found one brewer's supply that clearly specifies a malted grain on offer (not ground) that is diastatic - but shipping for this is prohibitive:    I think I’d happily launch into making my own malt, but finding the right barley grains poses the same shipping cost challenges. Sigh.