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Old 09-05-2011, 10:44 PM   #1
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Default Belgian Pilsner malt...straw?

So I just did my 3rd all grain batch and I noticed some straw material in the Belgian Pilsner malt I ordered. It wasn't a ton but more than I've seen in other grain bills. Is this usual for this grain type?

It was a Patersbier so the grain bill was 9 lb of Belgian Pilsner malt.

I always thought that barley malt was cleaned prior to the malting process. Anyone else run across this before? I had no negative impact to my efficiency which was about 80% or so. I'm worried a bit about off tastes though.

I'll post a pic when I get a chance. Thanks in advance for your comments.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:45 PM   #2
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Are you certain that it was straw? I sometimes find shreds from the plastic grain bag in my malt.

Perhaps an attempt to bring out that 'straw' flavor you seen thrown about when reading descriptions of Flemish Ales?
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Here's the pic. I thought it looked unusual.
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I sometimes find shreds from the plastic grain bag in my malt.
Major pet peeve of mine. Those bags have pull strings for a reason - so that you don't have to chop them open with a knife or scissors.
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Old 09-06-2011, 05:29 PM   #5
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I get that all the time with my Belgian ales. It's totally normal. Might be bits of the processed barley.

Funny thing is that I don't see the straws when I'm filling my bags at the homebrew store.
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Thanks for the feedback. I'm going to relax, don't worry... etc.
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This happens whenever I use aromatic malt, so idk something with the belgians? Beer comes it great though so no complaining...
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