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Old 05-02-2014, 10:35 PM   #1
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Got this as part of a craigslist purchase. The seller doesnt know what it contains. Total weight is 3 lbs.

Im pretty sure its all specialty grains as this came packaged with a 3lb bag of malt extract. But there might be a lb of base if its a PM kit. Looks like some roasted barley, chocolate or black patent mixed with maybe carapils and a crystal.

So... Any guesses what might be in this? Any suggestions for using it? I'm tempted to try it with a Black IPA, but Im afraid there may be too much roasted barley in there. Safe choice would be a porter or stout.

This is pretty much a crap shoot so Im open to suggestions.

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The more golden color one looks like special B,or the breadier malts to me.

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That's a lot of black patent... I'd probably stick with Porter or Stout.

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Yeah,it does look like a porter at least.

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Yeah, i think ill do a porter. Maybe age it on some bourbon cubes. It'll probably be one of my best beers ever & ill have no way of replicating it.

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Sometimes,those turn out to be the best though. Go for it!

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Put 3/4 cup of water in a coffee cup. Heat it to 158-160 F. Stir in a tablespoon or 2 of the mystery grains. If it has base malts there should be starches that give the water a hazy look that will start to clear in about 10 or 15 minutes as enzymes work on the starches. If it doesn't turn hazy, no base malts. If it gets hazy and then clears, there is at least a little base malt and the enzymes are still active.

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How old are they? If you don't know, it might be better to toss them out rather than ruining 5G (or more) using malt that was crushed 3 years ago...

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Mash it separately while you mash a session pale. See what flavor and color comes out. If it taste good and you like the color, dump in the pale ale mash

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I opened it up and tasted the grains. Taste was fine, but definitely a stout. You could taste the acrid roasted barley. I added 6lbs of 2 row and a lb of unmalted barley and mashed it. Ended up with an OG of 1.054. Sweet wort tasted good.

I wont be too put out if it comes out terrible. I'll be out for the two row/barley and an ounce of hops. Id be more upset about tying up a fermenter for 3-4 weeks with a crap batch.

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