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Old 12-10-2012, 05:05 PM   #1
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Does anyone see any issues with using basic US brewers malt for a base in a lambic style ale, other than being nontraditional? My thinking is that any flavors provided by the malt will be destroyed royally over the next few years. Thoughts?

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Old 12-10-2012, 07:30 PM   #2
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Don't make a fermentable wort if you do go that way...yeah the flavor of the grain coming through won't be much an issue...but, the point of a cereal mash is to leave a bunch of starches behind that the sacc won't eat leaving plenty of food for the pedio, lacto, and brett.

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Old 12-10-2012, 07:44 PM   #3
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I plan on doing a turbid mash with about 33% raw wheat. Do you think this will be ok?

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I think you will be fine...I don't have my Wild Brews handy with me to reference...but, that should provide plenty of starch for the bugs to chew on.

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Sounds good.
Remember any "lambic" is actually a pLambic (pseudo lambic) - so go ahead and get creative. Its more the bugs than the malt that get to "shine" in lambic.
If you are trying to win competition, the only thing I would avoid is too much dark malts.

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Thanks guys. No dark malts in this recipe. Just 2 row/wheat. Brewed up another one a few months back that got ~5% C40 with the wheat and pils, but I want something lighter this go around.

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Old 12-11-2012, 02:43 PM   #7
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Sounds good.
Remember any "lambic" is actually a pLambic (pseudo lambic) - so go ahead and get creative. Its more the bugs than the malt that get to "shine" in lambic.
If you are trying to win competition, the only thing I would avoid is too much dark malts.
I hate the term pLambic. Such a silly term. Lets stop using that. If you're doing a turbid mash with ~30% wheat, you are making a lambic. If not, there is no reason do be doing such things.
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I hate the term pLambic. Such a silly term. Lets stop using that. If you're doing a turbid mash with ~30% wheat, you are making a lambic. If not, there is no reason do be doing such things.
I couldn't agree more. The whole "plambic" thing is just silly.
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:04 PM   #9
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Hell, I make lambics with 50% Light DME, 50% Wheat DME and a dash of maltodextrin. I can't imagine two-row being any worse that that!

I also agree with the pLambic thing - do people make pKolsch?

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I hate the term pLambic. Such a silly term. Lets stop using that. If you're doing a turbid mash with ~30% wheat, you are making a lambic. If not, there is no reason do be doing such things.
Yes. Yes. I'm glad someone said it.
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