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Old 11-28-2007, 01:59 AM   #1
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I did some searching to see if I'm repeating anyone else, but didn't see anything.

So here's my question. I've been thinking about brewing 3 or 4 pale ales using different pale malts (Halcyon, plain 2-row, Marris Otter, Golden Promise, etc) and keeping everything else about the recipes the same (yeast, hops). But my question is: can I make a decent pale ale using just 8lbs of the base malts or should I really be throwing at least a minimal amount of crystal or something else in there for flavor? If anybody that has tried this before has some advice I'd be grateful.

Thanks fellas.
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Old 11-28-2007, 02:01 AM   #2
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Yes. You can make delicious simple and crisp beers with only base malt. Try looking up some of the examples in the recipe threads.
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Old 11-28-2007, 02:03 AM   #3
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do it as you originally planned it out, or toss in the same amount of caramel malt in each recipe.
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Old 11-28-2007, 02:09 AM   #4
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I like to throw in 3 oz of wheat malt for head retention.

 
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Old 11-28-2007, 02:18 AM   #5
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There is a recipe for LandLord ale that uses just G.P. I've made it and tasted awsome! I also now have a Special Bitter made with just M.O. and stryian goldings. Can't wait for that one. The Brits over at http://www.jimsbeerkit.co.uk/ rave about this "Styrian Stunner"

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Old 11-28-2007, 04:07 AM   #6
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Alright, thanks for the feedback. I think I'll just go with 100% base malts.
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Old 11-28-2007, 04:30 AM   #7
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Absolutely, you can make a damn fine beer with just "base malt." That term makes it sound so plain, but it's more to underline how essential such malts are to beer.


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Old 11-29-2007, 07:58 PM   #8
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I've just done it.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=46163
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Old 11-29-2007, 07:59 PM   #9
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You can do it and I recommend doing it with Vienna. Unless of course you haven't tried Vienna or don't like it
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Old 11-29-2007, 08:02 PM   #10
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I admire your desire to more intimately know your ingredients! I am on a quest to do the same with hops. I have gotten 2 kinds of hops and brewed 3 beers of identical simple bases, 1 with hops A, 1 with hops B, and 1 with both kinds. So far so good.

Let us know how they turn out!
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