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Old 07-29-2010, 08:14 PM   #1
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Default what are your go-to malts?

For those of you who like to stockpile a good selection of malts and specialty grains at home, so you're able to brew (nearly) anything on a whim - what does your stockpile mainly consist of?

Right now, I've got sacks of Maris Otter, Weyermann Pils, Golden Promise, Rahr 2-row, dark munich and vienna for base malts.

For specialty malts I've got a fair amount of carapils, wheat malt, rye malt, honey malt, light crystal (c-30), carared (c-15), crystal (c-55), caramunich 50, dark crystal (c75), extra dark crystal (c-150), pale and regular chocolate, and black patent

I find I can make most of the styles I tend to brew a lot of with those ingredients

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Old 07-29-2010, 08:22 PM   #2
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Seems like you have a good selection going...

I keep 2-row and Pilsner malt stocked always at least 50lbs...

Specialty... C-40 & 60 10lbs of each
5lbs of Chocolate, and some Carafa...

Munich Malt II and III around 10lbs of each.

I'm more about keeping Hops on hand as I can readily get my specialty grains local and my bulk from about 1hr away at a great brewery.

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Old 07-30-2010, 12:11 AM   #3
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I just keep German base malts on hand because the brew shop charges an arm and a leg for them unless you buy a whole sack. American malt is so cheap at my LHBS there's no point for bulk storage, lucky me! All the Seattle people should know Larry's is where it's at.
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Old 07-30-2010, 01:15 AM   #4
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I keep a domestic 2-row, Marris Otter and a German pilsner malt in stock at all times.
Next:Smoked Pilsner.
Primary:Belgian Red, American Stout w/Roeselare
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Old 07-30-2010, 01:37 AM   #5
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2 Row and Marris Otter always in abundance in my home. I really like honey malt, munich, and pale chocolate aside from them.
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Old 07-30-2010, 01:49 AM   #6
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briess 2 row, GP, weyerman belgian pils, vienna (some munich)

cara-10, 20, 45, 60, 90, 120, special "B", cara munich II. Cara red, Cara hell, carastan
Black patent, carafa I, II, melanoidin, white wheat, rye malt, victory, brown, honey
Flaked wheat.
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Old 07-30-2010, 01:56 AM   #7
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GW Organic 2-Row
Gambrinus Pale
Carastan 30/37-favorite
Crystal 40,60,80,120
Carafa II
Bairds Chocolate
Home-roasted biscuit

I feel that I can brew most of what I want with these grains. I do need to get some Pilsner though.
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Old 07-30-2010, 05:19 AM   #8
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might sound odd, but besides 2row, I only keep C120 around in case of a quick addition, otherwise I order just my specialty grains or odd'n'end hops.
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Old 07-30-2010, 06:20 AM   #9
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Me... I keep the following:

Base Malts:

Golden Promise
Maris Otter
US Pale
German Pilsner
German Pale Wheat


US Crystal 40L
US Crystal 80L
British Chocolate

Right now, I also have about 40# of a sack of Wiener Malz in my stock, but that was more or less experimental (used for a triple decoction).

I typically buy the base malts by the 50# or 25 kg sack; the specialties in 5# increments from my local.
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Old 07-30-2010, 06:44 AM   #10
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Base Malts:
Great Western 2-Row
Great Western Pale Ale
English Pale Ale
German Pilsner

Kilned Malts:
Special Roast

Crystal Malts:
Crystal 15
Crystal 35
Crystal 60
Crystal 75
Crystal 120
Crystal 150
Special B

Dark Malts:
Pale Chocolate
Black Patent
Roasted Barley
Carafa Special III

Other Odds and Ends:
Chocolate Wheat
Melanoidin Malt

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