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Old 10-04-2011, 09:52 PM   #1
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Last weekend I brewed a Maris Otter/Amarillo smash recipe. I want to brew a sries of smash beers to taste different malts. What are some good and relatively different tasting base malts? The only 2 I've used in beer are MO and Vienna. Are different brands of the same variety different too?

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Different brands will taste different. Off the top of my head, a few different ones that you didn't mention:

Golden Promise
Munich
2-Row Brewers
British Pale
Pilsner (Belgian, German, American, Czech)

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Six-row
Wheat malt
Rye malt
Rauch malt
Belgian pale
Canadian pale

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Rye as a base malt? I don't recall ever hearing that rye can convert itself. Contrary to an ever diminishing popular belief, wheat can though.

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Rye as a base malt? I don't recall ever hearing that rye can convert itself. Contrary to an ever diminishing popular belief, wheat can though.
rye malt is indeed malted rye, with all the enzymes and diastatic power necessary to convert itself and others. the problem is the lack of a husk, which makes for no filter bed. plus it has a higher protein content that makes for mucho stickiness. these are the reasons (plus it's bold flavor) it's usually seen in such low percentages.
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Do you have a link for that? I have a ton of leftover rye I've been looking to do something with. I'd try an all rye beer but don't want to completely waste it.

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Do you have a link for that? I have a ton of leftover rye I've been looking to do something with. I'd try an all rye beer but don't want to completely waste it.
do it, if you want! I love rye, but it's way to strong in flavor for me to want to do an all-rye beer. I use about 3 pounds in a 5 gallon batch (about 22% of the grainbill) and it's sufficient for me). If you have enough rice hulls, or are BIAB where you don't have to worry about sticking, then you can use as much as you'd like.

As far as base malts, not only are there different malts, but there are different maltsters. For example, Briess' Vienna malt tastes different than Franco-Belges' Vienna malt. Crisp maris otter malt has a different taste than Munton's maris otter. I really LOVE Castle's pilsner malt, but I like Weyermann's too! There are different flavors provided by different maltsters, and your favorite might be different than mine!
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http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewin...-rye-malt.html

There's also chocolate rye and flaked.
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here's what pdf article i have has to say about rye:

Rye Malt
(Domestic)
PG 1.029
2.8-4.3
Diastatic: 105 Lintner
Protein 10-13%
Dry, rye flavor and character. Sufficient enzymes to self-convert, so it can use as base
malt. Rye contains a starch that can be gelatinized at mashing temperature and convertible
to fermentable sugars, but the mashing process can also turn the high levels of protein into
a sticky mess. Use with caution at high quantities!
• Unlike barley (and similar to wheat), rye has no husk, and also absorbs water
comparatively quickly. Combined with the grain’s high beta-glucan content, this
can often result in stuck mashes. A beta-glucan rest is strongly recommended.
• For seasonal beers, roggenbier and ales.
• Lends biscuit-like, smooth, almost oily rye component to finished beer.

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Wow, I'm going to have to try that. I'm glad you guys corrected me. I think I'll try a small batch just in case it turns out like crap.

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