The Great Bottle Opener Giveaway

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Recipes/Ingredients > Belgian vs American 2-row

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-16-2009, 11:13 PM   #1
Scut_Monkey
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Posts: 2,674
Liked 13 Times on 13 Posts

Default Belgian vs American 2-row

I'm planning on making a belgian this coming week and I was wondering how important the belgian 2-row is for this. Is there a major difference between american (say Briess) and Belgian 2-row? Maybe this is a dumb question I just don't want to pay extra money without a reason behind it. The only reason I ask is that I'm going to be buying a sack of American 2-row and would not mind substituting this for my Belgian brew. Is it possible that Ican add a small amount of specialty to substitute for something missing without the Belgian grain?

I understand the difference between American 2-row and Marris Otter (aka English 2-row). I thought about buying a sack of MO instead of American but who knows. Thanks!

__________________
Scut_Monkey is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-16-2009, 11:31 PM   #2
sonetlumiere85
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 389
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

2-row is 2-row - it'll probably have slightly different enzymes or the like, but it should end up tasting similar enough that you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference.

__________________
sonetlumiere85 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-16-2009, 11:41 PM   #3
Schnitzengiggle
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 2,664
Liked 29 Times on 22 Posts
Likes Given: 16

Default

There is a slight difference in diastatic power, belgian might result in a slightly more malty profile, but I think it would be hard to detect.

__________________
follow me @ Broken Glass Brewery

Okham's Razor - simplest explanation is usually the correct one.

My DIY Kegerator - My DIY Fermentation Chamber - My DIY Portable Pump Box

Last edited by Schnitzengiggle; 07-18-2009 at 07:41 PM.
Schnitzengiggle is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-17-2009, 01:59 AM   #4
Scut_Monkey
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Posts: 2,674
Liked 13 Times on 13 Posts

Default

Well this is good to know cause I like the KISS method and so does my wallet.

__________________
Scut_Monkey is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-17-2009, 12:50 PM   #5
syd138
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 492
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

Are you making a Dubbel? I think that these type of beers are simple enough that it really doesn't matter. The yeast accounts for a lot of the flavor in Dubbels, Tripels, Abbeys, etc.

__________________
syd138 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
All-Grain - Hoppy American Amber or Malty American Pale Ale? Yooper American Ale 150 06-07-2014 03:03 AM
Belgian / American Hybrid Water Profiles Stevorino General Techniques 0 06-04-2009 02:00 AM
All-Grain - Grapefruit Juice (Belgian-American Saison) Sixbillionethans Belgian and French Ale 0 12-31-2008 01:37 PM
American Belgian Fest in Seattle this weekend! Brewtopia Washington HomeBrew Forum 1 02-02-2008 07:09 AM
Brooklyn's Local 1: The Best Belgian-Style American Beer Ever Evan! Commercial Brew Discussion 7 05-11-2007 04:30 PM