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Old 11-07-2008, 06:06 PM   #1
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ok, so i went and got supplies for brewing this weekend, and the LHBS didn't have pale 2 row, so i got american 2 row. using beer smith to figure how this will change my recipe .... american 2 row isn't an option in beersmith, is that because its the same as pale 2 row? if not, whats the diff?

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Old 11-07-2008, 06:13 PM   #2
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I'm going to guess that if it didn't say Marris Otter or Import that it's going to be the domestic (American) 2 row. You can adjust the SRM numbers in Beersmith to make it more accurate for what you have.

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Old 11-07-2008, 06:16 PM   #3
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Most likely they are similar. What you need to check is who the manufacturer of the "American 2-row" malt is, and then compare the stats for each. There's a distinct possibility that they're close enough that Beersmith's calc's will be the same, as Pale 2-row is probably a generic entry. Contact your LHBS to see who supplied it and who the manufacturer is. Heck, the LHBS may have the stats you need.

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Old 11-07-2008, 06:18 PM   #4
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The American will have slightly less potential gravity (1.036) and will be maybe (2L) in color. The Pale will possibly be as high as (1.039) and might be a little darker (3L) maybe. Shouldn't change your recipe that much.

The Pale tastes a little better to me personally, but thats completely subjective I admit. And honestly I'm not sure anyone could tell the difference if shown a sample of the two, I really doubt anyone could tell one from the other more than 50% of the time.

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Old 11-07-2008, 07:26 PM   #5
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Pale Malt can be made from American or English barley varieties, though the term is usually reserved for English Pale Ale Malt. Pale Malt typically has a Lovibond rating of 2.8 - 3.5 or so.

2-Row is a term usually reserved for American barley malt that is kilned to a Lovibond rating of 1.8 - 2.2 or so.

For example, Briess, an American maltster, makes both a Pale Ale malt and a 2-Row Brewers malt from American barley.

Ask your LHBS for details about what you bought.

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