Originally Posted by trapae
Hi Yooper, I am going to bre this beauty but my LHBS doesn't have black barley. They carry black patent malt 550, and roasted barley 595. Will one of those work instead. Also, do you use rice hull in the mash? I batch sparge.
In some cases, the black patent malt and the black malt are very similar, but the malts I've seen listed as black patent are very harsh, ashy and acrid. The Briess black malt I use is more like the "coffee malt" that I believe comes from Belgium. See if you can get that "coffee malt" instead if possible. If not, you could try either one of those but it will be a bit harsher.
I use rice hulls in most of my mashes with my current MLT system (bottom draining) but I didn't when I used a cooler MLT set up. Oats are sticky, but not that bad. You may need them, though, and it won't hurt to use them.