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Old 07-24-2008, 07:41 PM   #1
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Default 2 Row Brewers Malt Vs. Pale Ale Malt

I just got my order from my local brew store. When I ordered the malt 3 WEEKS AGO, I asked them to order a 50lb bag of pilsner and a 50 lb bag of 2 row. Instead of ordering me 2 row they ordered a bag of pale ale malt. Unfortunately the people at the brew store don't know jack s#%t about brewing. The guy at the store told me "it's the same thing as 2 row". I know that pale malt is a type of 2row but they are not the same thing. I tried to explain it to the guy at the store. I told him an Accord and a Pilot are both Hondas but they aren't the same thing. He didn't seem to follow me. So my question is:
Can I use Pale Malt as my base malt?
What different flavor profile will it give me?
Will it throw off my recipe that much?
I know that pale malt is around a 3.5 lovibond compare to 2row being a 1 lovibond. So besides a slightly darker beer what would be the difference? Thanks a bunch......LHBS dummies!!!


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Old 07-24-2008, 08:00 PM   #2
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I guess I'm a dummy, because I thought that Pale Malt was just another term for 2-row like Crystal or Caramel malts. Different names, same thing.


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Old 07-24-2008, 08:05 PM   #3
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It might be....I could be a dummy as well. This is off the Briess website.......scroll down about half way and it has the malts with characteristics. Its a PDF so I don't know how to copy/paste.

http://www.brewingwithbriess.com/Ass...ct%20Flyer.pdf
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hmm I don't really know...

I've got 2 sacks of 'pale malt' at home and about a half sack now of '2row'....both from the same company.

I expect the 'pale malt' to be a bit more malty and dark than the 2row but I hope some other folks chime in
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Pale Ale malt is a little darker than 2row but not by much. You can substitute it for 2row straight up and it should not have any adverse effects on your brews.
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I've always understood the those terms were interchangeable.
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I've always understood the those terms were interchangeable.
I hear people use them as if interchangeable but they are not. Of course that doesn't mean you can't use them interchangeably though.

2-Row 1.8 lov
Pale Malt 4.0 lov
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I think they tend to be interchangable as far as US maltsters go. If it's English pale malt, though, it would probably be more like maris otter malt. I can't remember where I read that- and of course I can't find the link right now- but that seems to be what I remember.
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Yooper beat me to it. Her explanation is how I understand the terms, but I don't have a good source to back it up.
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sounds good....at least I can proceed with my brew on Saturday. Thanks for the posts fellas. To bad I already had half a bag of pale malt in the basement....oh well never hurts to have 75lbs of pale malt sitting around.


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