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Old 10-17-2008, 08:29 PM   #1
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Anybody ever make a Single-Malt beer with ONLY 6-row? Would it be totally gross?

(If not, I was thinking Northern Brewer and Edinburgh Ale)

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Old 10-17-2008, 08:35 PM   #2
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... um.

I'm confused. You mean 6-Row Pale malt, and... wild yeast? Or are you asking if 6-Row, NB, and WLP028 would be good?

I think I just biffed on your attempt at humor. I apologize.

I bet it'd be a'ight. I've heard of 6-Row tasting a little granier than 2-Row?? Don't know if that's myth or fact, never used 6-Row base malt before.

I'd still brew it though.

Hell I'll brew anything.

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Old 10-17-2008, 08:44 PM   #3
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I think it would be a little bland.

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Old 10-17-2008, 08:48 PM   #4
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Oh, I dunno about 'bland'. There's any number of things you can do to improve the malt complexity without adding specialty grains. Decoction, for example.

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I want to do a SmaSh with 25% of the grain separately roasted 5% at a time for different lengths as well as a triple decoction. That way I could honestly say I did everything I possibly could to one grain. I'm thinking a bock yeast with a lot of lagering time and simple yet balanced hopping schedule with possibly Tettnanger or Hallertauer. I just don't know how all that 6-row would taste honestly so I would be scared myself, but I would love to read your write-up if you do.

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Or home-toasting 1# of the malt.

Hell I didn't even toast malt for mine - My 2-Row + Hersbrucker was downright delicious as-is. Nuthin' but US-05, 2-Row, and Hersbrucker.

Similarly my 2-Row + Centennial (US-05 again) was the bizzle.

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I think I just biffed on your attempt at humor. I apologize.
Nah, you caught me being overly redundant.

I don't know what 6-row tastes like. As I understand it, the higher husk-to-grain ratio is what makes the flavor difference, and if barley husks taste anything like rice hulls smell, I think a nice, strawlike beer could be the result.

I was thinking 028 because it's pretty neutral, doesn't attenuate as far as Chico, and made a real clean 80/- for me.

I was thinking NB because I like Anchor Steam.
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Old 10-18-2008, 01:01 AM   #8
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My http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f58/american-owl-cap-58661/ has some corn but I think it tastes great, so a straight 6-row should be good

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I just don't know how all that 6-row would taste honestly so I would be scared myself, but I would love to read your write-up if you do.
Well, it's going to have to wait. I have one fermenter open and I just picked up a schwarzbier kit - my first lager attempt!
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May the schwarz be with you!

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