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Old 08-24-2007, 07:24 PM   #1
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Default 6 row or 2 row base malt?

I was just wondering,what are some differences between the two.I have used both in my brews, and prefer 2 row.Just wondering before I make my next purchase.What are the biggest differences?I don't get too fancy,I mainly just brew 5ga. batches of IPA.CHEERS....

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Old 08-24-2007, 08:11 PM   #2
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Based on what I have read.
2row is used primarily for brewing and is used by nearly all European brewers. 6row has more enzymes and husks and so can be used with a larger number of adjuncts such as rice and corn used in making BMC. 6row is said to have a grainier/rougher taste.

So unless you are making a high adjunct beer such as a stout with lots of oats are flaked barley or a light lager with lost of corn it is usually recommended to use 2row.


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Old 08-24-2007, 08:18 PM   #3
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6-row I believe also has a higher protein content than 2-row.
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Old 08-24-2007, 08:21 PM   #4
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don't know really but I buy most of my base malts from a buddy who is a brewer by trade and all they use is 2 row. They make english and irish style ales btw.
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American 6 Row that is malted traditionally has higher enzyme levels. American six-row pale barley malts, have a diastatic power of up to 160 degrees Lintner, so starch to sugar conversion is greater.

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