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Old 11-01-2010, 09:02 PM   #1
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Default Which Bulk Grains to have on hand?

I'm heading down to a supplier next week that has really cheap Grains (55lb bag of 2-row for $35).

Wondering what else I should stock up on?

I mostly brew IPA's.

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Old 11-01-2010, 09:22 PM   #2
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Domestic 2-row and/or English Pale malt (Marris Otter) are both great for IPA.

I also keep big bags Pilsner and wheat malts in stock for Belgian's, wheat beers, etc...

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Wow...wish I could get grains for that price.

I always keep a basic 2-row, munich, marris otter, wheat, and belgian pils on hand. This covers almost any style I would want to make. I get in on group buys for specialty grains and usually buy 10lbs at a time.

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Right now I have domestic 2 row, Marris Otter, and some vienna on hand. I figured out my recipes ahead of time and bought a lot of base malt to cover what I wanted to brew.

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Don't buy a full sack of flaked barley, or rice hulls. Just don't.

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Domestic 2-row and/or English Pale malt (Marris Otter) are both great for IPA.

I also keep big bags Pilsner and wheat malts in stock for Belgian's, wheat beers, etc...
Ditto. In addition, I always have a bag of Munich on hand. And if you brew a lot of beers with the same Crystal Malt (like C-60) it would probably be worth your while.
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I would recommend a domestic 2-row, English Pale, Pale Wheat, Vienna and a European Pils malt (Czech, German or Belgian, depending on what you brew most often).

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I keep whole sacks of pils, 2-row and maris otter around, and sometimes golden promise. I would eliminate the 2-row and just use one of the others, if they weren't twice the price (I can also get 2-row for <$40, imported malts are more like $75).

I also keep half-sacks of Munich and Vienna around, though I may soon spring for a whole sack of Vienna or Special Aromatic - they both make nummy base malts for pale ales.

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I just bought 2-25 kg bags of Canadian 2 row and 1-25 kg bag of Munich. I buy my specialty grains from my local LHBS. My daughter goes to school in Peterborough so I get my malt from United Canadian Malt.

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I always have US two-row, British maris otter, a German Munich malt, and a couple of kinds of crystal- usually a light (20-40L) and a dark (80L). That should cover all IPAs, APAs, ESBs, English pale ales, California Common, etc.

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