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Old 01-22-2013, 01:30 AM   #1
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Default What are "specialty" grains"

how special are they?


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Old 01-22-2013, 01:45 AM   #2
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Are you serious or trolling?
With almost 400 posts I find it hard to believe you don't know the answer, but I'll bite

Most would think of specialty grains as any grain other than those considered "base grains". Crystal's, chocolates, cara's,aciduated,ect.


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sorry.I was serious,never looked into them before
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Do you do mainly extract?
They are usually used for steeping in extract beers because the liquid or dry malt replaces the "base" malt in all grain brewing, and are just that....a base. Some extracts( mainly LME) may have some specialty malt in them, but then you are stuck with whatever ratio the manufacturer used. Many specialty malts are used to add a flavor profile u just can't get with base malt only. They could add more body(carapils) or a flavor( dark, or roasted malts) or could be used to add unfermentable sugars to add sweetness. They are the next step for most exact brewers that want to fine tune an existing recipe, or clone a commercial beer. Obviously hops are a huge part of the flavor profile, but using specialty grains is just as important to get that taste you just can't get with base malt alone.
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135 grain. Jhp.
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Prefer 230gr myself.
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sorry.I was serious,never looked into them before
Was also wondering why your tag line is about meeting people on a Honda when your avatar looks like your on a Road King Classic?
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40 grain V max and 750 grain A-Max
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Was also wondering why your tag line is about meeting people on a Honda when your avatar looks like your on a Road King Classic?
Yes I ride an 09 Road King Classic.....my "tag line" is a swing at those that ride Hondas.and I'll leave it at that


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