Originally Posted by yodalegomaster
Will it be a good beer with all Rahr 2-row yes, But if you want the complexity of continental malts, you need to use continental malts. i have made a compromise mix of 10% melanoidin malt, 20% marris Otter, 70% Rahr 2-row, it's very close to using weyerman or straight Marris Otter.
Good tip, I've been curious as to subbing for maris otter but never really looked too far into it.
To the OP, I just finished the last few bottles of an Irish Red that I brewed with Rahr 2 row, and it was a very good beer, HOWEVER I feel it was missing a dimension of flavor I'm assuming would be provided by using the maris otter called for.
I was still quite happy with the results though. I bittered with magnum, and if memory serves my flavor/aroma addition was fuggles. My opinion is that cascade might be too citrusy for the red, but to each their own!
Do you have a supply of cascade? Price differences in hops generally isn't much, if anything if you are buying in small quantities. I cut my costs by buying a pound of magnum to bitter almost everything, being a high aa hop I can use less for the same level of bitterness over other hops.
Good luck with your brews!