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Belgian Pale Ale Malt vs. Maris Otter??

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phunhog:
Just curious on what you guys think are the differences(if any)?  I found this article where the late Dr. George Fix made it seem like they were somewhat interchangeable.http://morebeer.com/brewingtechniques/library/backissues/issue1.1/fix.html  I can buy sacks of MO at my LHBS but they sell Belgian Pale Ale malt only by the pound (at almost double the price). Your thoughts?

phunhog:
C'mon....someone must have some experience or an opinion ;)

reverseapachemaster:
I don't think they taste indistinguishable. MO has a biscuity character that is more pronounced than what I get in Belgian pale malts. I wouldn't use Belgian pale malt if I was trying to make a really traditional British style beer although I suppose you could supplement with a little biscuit malt. I would be ok using MO for Belgian trappist/abbey styles but I don't want that biscuit character in Belgian farmhouse ales. I wouldn't use either in American or German beers, not that a lot of German styles employ pale malt.

hopfenundmalz:

--- Quote from: phunhog on January 10, 2013, 09:48:40 PM ---Just curious on what you guys think are the differences(if any)?  I found this article where the late Dr. George Fix made it seem like they were somewhat interchangeable.http://morebeer.com/brewingtechniques/library/backissues/issue1.1/fix.html  I can buy sacks of MO at my LHBS but they sell Belgian Pale Ale malt only by the pound (at almost double the price). Your thoughts?

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That article is about 20 years old. He talks of DeWolf-Cosyns malts, which have been closed for about 10 years or so. I don't know if anything by Castle maltings is similar.

denny:

--- Quote from: hopfenundmalz on January 12, 2013, 10:12:11 PM ---
--- Quote from: phunhog on January 10, 2013, 09:48:40 PM ---Just curious on what you guys think are the differences(if any)?  I found this article where the late Dr. George Fix made it seem like they were somewhat interchangeable.http://morebeer.com/brewingtechniques/library/backissues/issue1.1/fix.html  I can buy sacks of MO at my LHBS but they sell Belgian Pale Ale malt only by the pound (at almost double the price). Your thoughts?

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That article is about 20 years old. He talks of DeWolf-Cosyns malts, which have been closed for about 10 years or so. I don't know if anything by Castle maltings is similar.

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Yeah, as great a resource as BT _was_, there have been so many changes in the last 15 years that you have to be sure you aren't following outdated info.

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