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Old 12-19-2010, 12:16 PM   #1
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Default 2 row vs Mild Malt experiment

So I keep seeing this Mild Malt at my LHBS - and it is the cheapest grain they have.

Now that I ( finally ) have a keg system, I'm looking for a nice mellow mid ABV house ale. PLUS I love a reason to brew, so I decided to do an experiment.

Beer "A" ( "C" in Keg )
9 lbs 2 row
1 lb carapils

1 oz Nugget (13.7 AA ) 60 min
Primary until settled
Dry hop 1 oz Cascade one week

Beer "B" ( "D" in Keg )
9 lbs Mild Malt
1 lb carapils

1 oz Nugget (13.7 AA ) 60 min
Primary until settled
Dry hop 1 oz Cascade one week

Gonna bottle 2 gals of each, label them "a" and "b"

Keg the other 3 gals of each, label them "c" and "d"

Then try them on friends and myself to see if:

1) There is any great difference in taste,body, enjoyment
2) There is a preference when bottled
3) If folks figure out that "a & b" are the same as "c & d"
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4) I can find the one that we like the most to then begin refining a house staple.

Will keep coming back to here with updates for those interested.

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Old 12-19-2010, 12:29 PM   #2
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Can't wait. Pics.

You'll want to be careful with sparging and final boil quantities. Of course, keep everything exactly the same. Temps too.

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Does your LHBS happen to be American Brewmaster? They have mild malt, which is the cheapest malt they have. I bought some there a couple months ago and used it as the base malt in a brown porter. I'm drinking the porter now, and it came out very nicely. I'll be interested to see what you think about the difference between that and regular 2-row base malt.

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Never heard of "mild malt". Did they give you any description as to Lovibond, Diastatic power, total protein, 2 row, 6 row?

Normally 6 row is the cheapest base malt out there and it is sometimes called lager malt.

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Does your LHBS happen to be American Brewmaster? They have mild malt, which is the cheapest malt they have. I bought some there a couple months ago and used it as the base malt in a brown porter. I'm drinking the porter now, and it came out very nicely. I'll be interested to see what you think about the difference between that and regular 2-row base malt.
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Can't wait. Pics.

You'll want to be careful with sparging and final boil quantities. Of course, keep everything exactly the same. Temps too.
Both Mashed with 3.5 gals @158 - 2 row ran out 2.25 gal, Mild ran out 2.00 gal

Sparged in two steps, 2.25 gals each , 168 degrees both times.

Stopped collecting when I hit 6 gals on second sparge.

2 ROW OG - 1.060
Mild Malt OG - 1.062

Both cooled to 70 and pitched with US-05.

Now we wait......
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Never heard of "mild malt". Did they give you any description as to Lovibond, Diastatic power, total protein, 2 row, 6 row?

Normally 6 row is the cheapest base malt out there and it is sometimes called lager malt.
I only know the Lovibond is listed a 4.0.
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Eh, might be Muntons, they list a Mild Ale malt on my locals web site.

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The mild ale malt is bound to be a 2-row. Usually, it's in the 3-5L range, just like you have. To complicate maters, I think there's one maltster whose "mild ale" malt only clocks in at 2-2.5L or thereabouts, making one wonder how it could possibly differ from anyone else's "pale malt".

Anyway, neat experiment. Keep us posted.

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I'm very interested in hearing results as I've eyed that mild malt several times, but never pulled the trigger.

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