The term chit in malting represents the first stage of germination, where the barley has taken up enough moisture from steeping to start the magic process of turning starch into soluble sugars to feed the yeast during fermentation.
Chit malt has a particularly high level of inherent starter enzymes, which contribute significantly to improving the conversion of starch, thus increasing the yield. The reason that the Chit Malt can improve body and foam is due to the process of modification of the starches in the grain by the enzymes still in the early stages when we start kilning this malt. It will leave long protein chains in the malt that the yeast won’t be able to digest its entirely during fermentation.
Chit Wheat can add noticeable body and velvety mouthfeel, due to wheat’s high protein content, combined with killing it at the chitting stage. Use alone, as a substitute for raw, flaked and rolled grains or in conjunction with Chit Barley. The higher enzymatic activity in Chit Malt can also increase mash efficiency and starch conversion rates when paired with these cheaper, unmodified cereal grains.