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Old 06-12-2009, 02:53 AM   #1
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Given the choice between Maris Otter and other 2-row pale malts, is it always advisable to go for the MO when brewing ales? I know it generally costs more, but is that the only reason not to use it?

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Depends on the style. If you are brewing an American style ale, there is really no need to go with an English Pale malt. If you are brewing English styles, it can be better. Its not necessarily a requirement.

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Given the choice and no difference in price, I would chose MO 99% of the time. There are few style that you really need the paler malt but most will do very well with the MO.

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Depends on the style. If you are brewing an American style ale, there is really no need to go with an English Pale malt. If you are brewing English styles, it can be better. Its not necessarily a requirement.
"no need to", but should it be avoided in American ales?
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"no need to", but should it be avoided in American ales?
I do not think so. I like to make blonds with the pale American 2-row, but MO will make a very nice pale ale, IPA, etc.
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"no need to", but should it be avoided in American ales?
No, it can easily be used in American styles. I don't think anyone would taste an APA with MO, I doubt they would say you used the wrong malt. Given the price it is not necessary.
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Got it. Thanks.

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I changed my Foreign Extra Stout from regular English Pale 2 Row to Marris Otter. Although I did change a couple more things, hopefully it turns out even better than the first.

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Given the choice between Maris Otter and other 2-row pale malts, is it always advisable to go for the MO when brewing ales? I know it generally costs more, but is that the only reason not to use it?
Pils is very advisable depending on the style. Most Continental beers would benefit from a pils from their respective region.
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If choosing between pale ale malt and MO pale ale malt, you can swap those out at will. I just buy MO in bulk and have MAYBE a little more biscuit/bready taste in my American ales. It's pleasant.

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