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Old 03-19-2010, 08:40 PM   #1
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I was looking for a sticky and didn't see one...perhaps I should spend more effort searching rather than posting, but I'm lazy on this Friday.


I'm partaking in a group buy with a couple of buddies, and was wondering what people's takes were regarding what are the most common grains they use/like to have around in general to fit most basic brews/styles?


I'm probably aiming to still spot order for a lot of our brews, but it'd be nice to have some grains on hand to a) supplement brews (it seems with the 70s% efficiency of a cooler LMT setup + batch sparge, the easiest way to avoid a watery/less abv-ey beer is bump up the grain bill a tad) and b) maybe brew a batch with on-hand inventory every once in a while, depending as little as possible on the expensive LHBS options here. So, along with domestic 2-row, what would you guys/gals recommend as staple grains?

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Malted Barley!


For me it's;

Pilsner, Brewers 2 Row, Munich for the bases.
Crystal 40, 60, 120.
Roasted and Chocolate.
Oats

Maybe some biscuit and some melanoidin.

The rest I pick up as needed.

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I should also specify that I have no lagering capabilities after I killed my lagerator. Maybe in the future if I can find a small chest freezer that works well for the purpose...

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I should also specify that I have no lagering capabilities after I killed my lagerator. Maybe in the future if I can find a small chest freezer that works well for the purpose...
Why does that matter? Because of my Pilsner mention?

Many, many, many Belgian ales start with a Pilsner base. It an excellent low color grain to start from although there are other grain with slightly higher PPG yield.
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munich, vienna, several crystals, white wheat malt, flaked wheat, chocolate, roast barley, black patent, victory

some, a pound will last a while like the black patent.

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lots of 2-row, a good amount of various crystal malts, and then a few pounds of various specialty grains. You could literally jump up and start brewing any number of things at a moment's notice.... just make sure you have dry yeast in the fridge and hops in the freezer.

In fact, I think I might brew tonight. Just decided that.

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Marris Otter, Crystal 55L, Crystal 135L, UK chocolate, brown malt

I think I could do almost all my beers with this.

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Yeah, pretty much agree with everyone. 2 Row, Marris, Pilsen, Munich, Crystal 20L-120L, Choc., Roasted, Torrified Wheat, Oats, some Amber Malt, Victory, Special B. Montanaandy

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Large quantities:
2-row, Maris Otter, White Wheat

Med Quantities:
Munich, Vienna, C-40, C-120, CaraPils,

Small Quantities:
Chocolate, other Crystal Malts, everything else

I should probably get another large bin for pilsen, but I don't brew with it that much.

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Depends on what you prefer. Me, APAs, IPAs, IIPAs. So lots of 2-row (currently mostly "Pale Ale Malt"), crystal 15, 60, Munich, Vienna. Sometimes toast a little 2-row. But I could basically live with 2 row and some crystal, as long as the hops are good.

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