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Old 05-02-2008, 08:40 PM   #1
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Default What base grains do YOU order?

I'm nearing my completion of gathering the
essential equipment for AG. My thoughts now
are to buy some bulk grains to store back for
this summers brewing days. My extract, and partial
kits were always light to med (ales, pilsners, lagers)
With the costs of everything adjusting frequently, I figure
it's a good idea, and I have a nice basement with cans to
store it in. I WILL use this stuff in the next few months, so
no worries on freshness.
Could some of you guys give me your thoughts on what
base grains I should go after, as I don't have any software
yet that would help me make those decisions yet(pro mash coming)

I'm aware that 2 row is needed..... but are there more than
one kind of 2 row? The LHBS I would get this at lists there
2 row as :

PALE MALT (Brewers 2-Row) (Known as Klagges)

Gives a smoother, less grainy flavor. Basic malt for all beer and ale styles. This is the work horse malt for most HomeBrewers


ANy suggestions ?>

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Old 05-02-2008, 08:43 PM   #2
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2-Row Pale Malt is a good base brew.

I usually oder a sack of 2-row (Marris Otter) and a sack of Pils Malt.

The Pils I use for my light kolsch's, blondes, cream ales, etc...

Bear in mind that Pilsner malt need to be boiled for 90 minutes to reduce DMS.

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The ones I seem to always buy in bulk are:

2-row-I go cheap here, Rahr is fine for me
Wheat malt
Vienna malt
Belgian 2-row

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Maris Otter (Crisp malting for example) is an amazing grain for most any ale, especially if you want a nice biscuit/malty flavor. German Pilsner malt can't be beat for those Euro brews. But if you are just getting started, good old Klages gets the job done nicely and few will know the difference. Look at cost and go from there. Eventually I believe you will want to get the top-end malts, like I mentioned earlier, but the domestic 2-row should get you going for now.

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2 Row Marris
2 Row Brewers
Munich

All in 55lbs Sacks

I usually keep 10lbs each of;

Crystal 40 & 60

4lbs each;

Crystal 120
Chocolate
Sp B
Roast
Biscuit
Melanoidin

I have a fixed gap mill so I buy my wheat and rye premilled. Otherwise I'd prolly keep 10lbs of those on hand too.

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Domestic 2-row Pale Ale
Marris Otter
Pilsner

That will cover the bases for most beer styles.

I also keep Wheat both malted and flaked around for various things as well as lots of various amounts of specialty grains.

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I just keep Maris Otter personally. I used to keep standard Canadian 2-row (which is excellent stuff) but I mostly do english style beers where I want that great biscuity flavour.

I'm about to get into doing some malty lagers so I plan to start stocking Munich and Vienna as well. Specialty grains I like to keep 5KG or so of Carastan (crystal 60) and lots of roasted barley (stout-aholic here).

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Maris Otter (Crisp malting for example) is an amazing grain for most any ale.....
Not to hi-jack the thread, but the OP may be interested too. Is their significant difference in Maris Otter. I have bought the Crisp from Midwest in smaller quantities, but have a Barley Crusher on the way and now want to buy in bulk. My LHBS has the Munton & Fison Maris Otter and I could save on shipping. How does it compare or are they all about the same?
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Not to hi-jack the thread, but the OP may be interested too. Is their significant difference in Maris Otter. I have bought the Crisp from Midwest in smaller quantities, but have a Barley Crusher on the way and now want to buy in bulk. My LHBS has the Munton & Fison Maris Otter and I could save on shipping. How does it compare or are they all about the same?
I can't answer to the comparison between different malts of Maris Otter but I can say that the Muntons english pale malt made with Maris Otter is excellent!
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I've only purchased in bulk once so far -- a 55lb sack of Marris Otter so I'd have a handy supply for all of the English ales I'd been brewing. Then I promptly took a 4 month hiatus from brewing. And what's the first beer I make starting up again? A Vienna Lager

Actually, I love my Marris Otter, but now I'm thinking I need a sack of German Pilsner malt, too, so I can brew whatever I feel like brewing. The idea is to keep enough base grain on hand and a couple of pounds of various crystal malts, Vienna/Munich malts and the like so that I don't have to plan a run to the LHBS every time I feel like brewing.

Here's what I have on hand:
35lbs Marris Otter
2lbs Vienna
2lbs Munich
1lb Biscuit
1lb Crystal 40
1lb Crystal 60
1lb Crystal 120
1lb flaked maize (Yooper's cream ale is in my near future)
.5lb Chocolate (450°)
.5lb flaked wheat
.5lb CaraPils

Just as an aside, I'm combining the two competing styles for the next beer. I'll use Marris Otter and Challenger Hops but throw the wort on the yeast cake of the lager I'm brewing and ferment it as a lager. Should be interesting. I'm thinking it will be a cross between a Premium Bitter and an American Premium Lager. I'll call it Challenger Lager or Bitter Failure depending on how it turns out

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