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Old 02-11-2011, 06:32 AM   #1
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Default If you could buy one grain in bulk?

So, as I'm sure everyone is aware, shipping in insanely expensive and often times places with lower shipping charge more for hops and yeast and such. So, I plan on buying one fat sack of base grain and just special ordering the smaller things as I need them. I haven't done an all-grain yet.(just ordered my first batch recipe which sparked all this) What is the single most useful grain? It seems to be a 2 row, but there is quite a variety of different grains and I'm a bit lost.
Will all base grains produce a pale beer without darker additions? And what are some recommended brands/growers/places to shop for said grain?


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Old 02-11-2011, 11:55 AM   #2
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For base malt, I simply buy a generic (cheapest) 2-row. Briess, Canada Malting, what ever.


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Depends on what style you brew. American style ales will work with almost any 2-row, but for good English and Belgian beers, you need the appropriate base malts.

A good "in-between" and versatile malt so to speak is Gambrinus Pale ESB.
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I like Maris Otter and Golden Promise better as a base malt than standard two row. I also use a lot of Belgian Pilsner. You can't go wrong with a base malt. Just pick the one that you like best.
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American 2-row. You can get some really good deals on new brands like MaltEurop
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If you intend to brew multiple styles you want to go with basic 2 row as you can add specialty grains to bring it closer to target. If you go with something deeper in color and flavor you can't subtract to get a lighter beer.

My base is Great Western Pale Ale malt and when I've brewed something it did not work with I usually wind up regretting it as it goes out of style for me.
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I've been using Maris Otter as the base malt for my AG batches (first two were mixed with Golden Promise)...

I plan to continue to use Maris Otter and UK 2 Row for my base malts. Especially since I've committed to getting 5 sacks worth in the group buy (2 MO, 2 UK 2 Row and 1 GP)... That should last me a year, or so... At least I hope it will. Or that I'll still have some left when the next group buy comes around.
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If you intend to brew multiple styles you want to go with basic 2 row as you can add specialty grains to bring it closer to target.
What if he only drinks pilsners?


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I vote Pilsner malt. Mainly because you can always add more ingredients to alter the color. Or better yet, toast some of it! It fulfills both German and Belgian beers pretty well and even a few English. I'm of the mind its easier to add then take away color. If you go with something like MO your color will be jacked on a ton of recipes. Unless you are a big English brewer, it just doesn't make sense. I'd buy something that works in several recipes if you can plan that far in advance.


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