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Old 09-13-2009, 06:00 PM   #1
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What would be a good 'rule of thumb' for using Flaked Barley for head retention and body?


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Old 09-13-2009, 06:28 PM   #2
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I use 1/2 to 3/4 lb per 5 gal batch. Seems to work well for me.


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Old 09-13-2009, 06:33 PM   #3
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Beersmiths default max for flaked barley is 20%.
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Old 09-13-2009, 08:49 PM   #4
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for head retention I do about 5%
Anymore than that and you're just asking for chill-haze
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I guess it depends on the style. Dry Stouts are usually 25% (Guinness). I used 2.5lbs in my Dry Stout and Foreign Extra Stout. I've never used it in other styles though.
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Depends on style. I like to go from 5%-10% for a pale, 10%-15% for an IPA or brown and 15%-25% for a stout. In all it matters what you are making, but let me tell you, that chill haze isn't a myth, but it is not something I care about one bit.
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Yeah, I'm not too put out by chill haze. I like a good 3/4" head that lasts.

I've been using about 8 oz. for a 5 gal batch for a few my Belgians and I was wondering if a 30min steep was right.
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I add a 1/2 lbs to most pale ales, IPAs, and porter and stouts. It has become a staple. I first used it when making EdWorts Rye IPA, now I add it to several regular recipes.
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Are some of the responses confusing Roasted Barley with Flaked?
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I have been using about 12 ounces for a 10 gallon batch for most beers and though it does add some body it does help greatly with head retention.


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