In order to get an idea of what the more experienced members here have concluded, I'd like to know the following from any or all of you:
List your favorite:
Pilsner malt -
Pale malt -
Munich malt/Vienna malt -
Other Base malts (MO/GP) -
Specialty malt(s) -
Bittering hops -
Aroma hops -
Flavor hops -
Great question(s). I have few answers but I am curious how others will answer.
One favorite malt is Special B. I love malt and this one takes the cake. Also love Vienna and Pilsner malt. I am still playing around trying to find favorite brands for my malts. I want to play with Gambrinus honey malt some more as well, it's interesting.
I love to use my homegrown hops for bittering. The flavor and aroma never seems to be too stellar, at least mine growing here in the shade. But for bittering they are great and reliably in "normal" range for alpha acid.
Love to use Hallertau for bittering, whether homegrown or not. Believe me, you can taste them after a long boil.
I want to run more experiments using low alpha hops for bittering. Everyone uses high alpha. Yawn. Why not get some flavor out of your boil hops, for those styles where you want subtle hop flavor. Not every beer needs to have the term "IPA" in its name.
Curious to see what others are doing.