can I use munich as a base grain?

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craigbrew

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I just got in on a bulk grain buy in my area and I split a bag of Munich thinking that I would use a lot in my Oktoberfest brews. I took a look at some of the Oktoberfest recipes on here and I noticed that you don't use as much Munich as I thought.

Could I use Munich as a base malt for a smash. Is Munich going to give me enough points to make a 5% beer?

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Munich can convert itself, so it would be fine in a SMaSH. ABV? Just a matter of using enough.
 

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I agree. From what I have read it has enough enzymes to convert itself so have at it. Perhaps do some iodine tests to ensure you have conversion.
 

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Depends on the maltster. Some domestic maltsters use 6-row for Munich. I wouldn't use that as a base malt.
 

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Depends on the maltster. Some domestic maltsters use 6-row for Munich. I wouldn't use that as a base malt.
I'm not quite sure what you mean. If a maltster made munich out of 6-row would it not have even more diastatic power and therefore be even better on it's own?
 

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Have a keg of a Munich SMaSH in my kegerator right now, actually a 3.4% session beer and it is pretty tasty stuff...
 
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Thanks for all of the respones. I think I'm going to make a SMaSH with Munich and Cascade or cenntennial. I post how it turns out.
 

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100% Dark Munich can take a little to convert, but light Munich shouldn't have any problems. I often use both malts to up to 100% in the grist.

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I'm not quite sure what you mean. If a maltster made munich out of 6-row would it not have even more diastatic power and therefore be even better on it's own?
Yes, but generally not very good flavor. I've made the mistake of using a high % of Briess Munich in a beer...I was not happy at all! OTOH, I've made many fine all Munich beers using continental or even Great Western Munich.
 
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