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Old 01-05-2013, 07:57 PM   #1
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I am new to all grain, and will start milling my own this week. I am not in a situation where group buys are an option, so I want to buy a 50-55 pound bag of a base 2-row and I will continue to buy smaller quantities of the other malts.

I see several types of 2 row malt in varying prices. I see 2-row whole malt, 2 row pale ale malt, Maris Otter Malt, Canadian Pale Whole, and Golden Promise Whole (in increasing order of price)

My generally enjoy Pale Ales, IPAs, Belgian Whites and English Pale Ales.

If you had to choose one malt as your quantity buy (and base for any recipe calling for 2-row), which one will give the best quality beer? I understand that the taste may vary based on the type of malt used...what is my safest choice?

I appreciate any input...and I lean towards quality over price.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:01 PM   #2
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I use Marris Otter for pretty much all of my brews and have bought a couple of 25 Kilo bags over the past year. That's just my personal preference though.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:45 PM   #3
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If it were me, all the recipes I do seem to use Pale Malt 2-row America/US

And I even tend to use a little more than called for since I do brew in a bag and efficiency can be an issue
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Marris Otter is my favorite base malt
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:58 PM   #5
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Marris Otter is a bit too strong for cleaner malt profiles of American and Belgian styles but works great for English styles including stouts and porters. I would start with some regular 2 row brewers malt. MO is nice to have around though so why not get both!

 
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Either Maris Otter or a good UK 2-row would be (and is) my choice. I have both (from Bairds) on hand at all times. I try to plan things so that I'm in a group grain buy before I'm down to less than a full sack of each. Those both come in 55# sacks.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:06 PM   #7
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I mainly use Rahr 2row and pilsner malt as I get it for about 33 dollars a bag. Depending on the style I will then add appropriate other malts for the flavors.

 
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I mainly use Rahr 2row and pilsner malt as I get it for about 33 dollars a bag. Depending on the style I will then add appropriate other malts for the flavors.
I paid not that much more than that for each of my sacks of UK grain. The MO was a little more, but not much. Also keep in mind, most sacks of US grain is 50# where UK grain comes in 55# sacks. While it might not seem like a big difference, it does help with the per pound cost.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:17 PM   #9
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Thats all well and good, I live in a remote area in MN, not in a major metro area, so the only group buy would be me.

 
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You may want to do some experimenting for yourself. I buy Maris Otter in bulk for all my pale ales, IPA's, and stouts even though I almost always brew American-style recipes. I don't know if it's the specific maltster that my LHBS carries but I was never completely satisfied with the results using the american 2-row. The other base I tend to keep in bulk is Belgian pilsner.

 
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