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Old 05-12-2012, 07:18 PM   #1
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OK, I want to buy some grains in bulk to save some money. My question is which one?? My house beer will always be some type of IPA or pale ale. So which grains do I buy in bulk! PS - just picked up a Corona Grain mill for $2 at a yard sale!!!

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Old 05-12-2012, 07:23 PM   #2
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Start with 2-row. Maybe Vienna Malt as well. If you want to get into some English styles, get a sack of Maris Otter.

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Old 05-12-2012, 07:33 PM   #3
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OK, I want to buy some grains in bulk to save some money. My question is which one?? My house beer will always be some type of IPA or pale ale. So which grains do I buy in bulk! PS - just picked up a Corona Grain mill for $2 at a yard sale!!!
2 bucks? Nice score!!
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Old 05-12-2012, 07:39 PM   #4
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Canadian 2-row is cheap and works well.

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IMO it depends on what is cheaper 6-row or 2-row. You have to use a little more 6-row than 2-row but if the 6-row is significantly cheaper, I would not hesitate to grab a sack of that instead. FWIW the conversion is about 1 pound extra for every 10 pounds of 2-row. If they are the same price then 2-row all the way.

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If your house beer is a pale, go with either 2 row or pilsen.

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Get a sack (or more) of some good [quality] 2-row [base] malt... You can get the rest as needed, or in semi-bulk as you decide.

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Just got 2 sacks myself. Went with best malz pilsner, and Hugh Baird pale

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Pale or good 2 row,i like how -breiss brewers 2 row- turned out recently in a batch i just was able to test a bottle of.I got some 10# bags got some Marris otter to try out.I guess there are different kinds of M.O.-not shure if there is a big difference or not.Its hit or miss if your going to get a big sack of something you havent tried.Ive noticed differnces when switching base grains.All are good,some i just like better ive been discovering that more latley using differnt base malts.But a sack of base for around 17 bucks for 10# for varity vs 50-55#bulk for 50-80 bucks-is way cheaper. Small batches would be the way to go to experiment with the variety of base grains though as far as price with base grain variety.

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I've tried a lot of domestic pale malts. I hate Briess. Great Western is very good and Rahr is even better. And keep in mind that when people say "2 row", they almost always mean "pale malt". Most malt you find is 2 row, but it's the amount and style of kilning that differentiates the types.

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