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Old 02-18-2007, 11:59 PM   #1
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My Oatmeal Stout recipe calls for British Roasted Barley (4oz) and unfortunately, it seems that I missed this at the LHBS while shopping. The shop is closed and I want to start tonight. I could skip the barley, but I'd rather not. Is there any reason why I couldn't buy barley from the grocery store, roast it in the oven and use that? Would that be better than leaving it out?

 
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Old 02-19-2007, 12:14 AM   #2
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I think you can roast your own barley Charlie Papazians book even tells you how. But I think the grocery store barley won't work cuz doesn't it have to be malted barley.
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Old 02-19-2007, 12:21 AM   #3
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I'm not sure whether the grocery store barley would work, but roasted barley is unmalted, so that's not an issue.
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Old 02-19-2007, 12:21 AM   #4
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Yes, you need malted barley... bummer dude.

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Old 02-19-2007, 12:35 AM   #5
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I'm not sure whether the grocery store barley would work, but roasted barley is unmalted, so that's not an issue.
This is what I thought. I imagine that roasting the barley I buy wouldn't cause any serious problems. Or is 4 oz enough to skip? I could add a bit of extra Crystal malt maybe.

 
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Old 02-19-2007, 12:38 AM   #6
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Add a little more dark crystal or chocolate. You will lack a little of the color (probably not noticable in a stout) and bitterness, but eh, it will be yummy anyhow.

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Old 02-19-2007, 12:39 AM   #7
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Add a little more dark crystal or chocolate. You will lack a little of the color (probably not noticable in a stout) and bitterness, but eh, it will be yummy anyhow.

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Good point. I'm not necessarily trying to nail this particular recipe (Young's Oatmeal), but more so trying to make a good beer.

 
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Old 02-19-2007, 12:46 AM   #8
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It will be good, I have a stout going to my seconday tomorrow, here is my grain bill...

7lb Maris Otter
2lbs Pale 6 Row (to aid in the sparge)
1lb Oatmeal
1lb Chocolate Malt
8oz Roasted Barley
8oz Crystal 120

Yours will be slightly sweeter than planned, darn!

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Old 02-19-2007, 01:29 AM   #9
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I think you'll miss some roastiness if you skip it. I'd try home-roasting, just be careful not to burn it. Worst-case, you'll add some toastiness instead of roastiness.
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Old 02-19-2007, 01:33 AM   #10
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Toastiness, roastiness... eh, who will notice!

 
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