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Old 07-07-2011, 04:04 AM   #1
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I have two sacks of domestic 2-row and I was thinking of brewing up some Belgian style beers. Specifically Wits, Pale Ale, and Golden Strong Ale. I usually use Belgian Pilsner but being the cheap homebrewer I want to use what I have. Any thoughts about using 2-Row vs. Belgian Pilsner? I figure that these beers derive most of their character from the yeast and fermentation and the malt won't be a big part of the flavor but I don't know. Thanks.
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:35 AM   #2
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Old 07-07-2011, 05:33 AM   #3
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Would it be closer using domestic pils?

I've used domestic pils and two row in Belgian beers before, but only in two dubbels and a Belgian stout. I figure the malty or roasty flavors would drown out any distinct characteristics Belgian malts have. Didn't really notice much of a dif.

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Old 07-07-2011, 07:13 PM   #4
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Well as opposed to 6-row yes I think only we Americans use 6-row and thats just for high adjunct brewing.

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Old 07-07-2011, 07:57 PM   #5
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I've used US 2-row for tripels and dubbels with good results. With the golden I'd think that pilsner would be better... never tried my duvel clone with 2-row so I really can't say.

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