From mountaineering to model trains to homebrewing, there is a point in virtually every hobby beyond which there is no turning back. If you’ve decided that you need to read a malt analysis sheet, you’ve probably reached that point. Congratulations—you’ve gone off the deep end!
In some ways, an analysis sheet is to malt as source code is to software: It gives you a glimpse under the hood to better understand what’s going on and how to optimize your process. Unlike source code, the malt can’t be changed to suit your needs, but you can change the way you use that malt to get the most out of it.
Most malting companies will gladly provide an analysis sheet for their products if you ask. Some post the information directly on their websites or attach the data sheets to sacks of malt as a courtesy to brewers. Here are the major pieces of information you’re likely to come across.