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What is your preference as a base malt?

Thomas Fawcett Maris Otter
11 (47.8%)
Thomas Fawcett Golden Promise
3 (13%)
Great Western Northwest Pale Ale
8 (34.8%)
Bairds British Pale Ale
1 (4.3%)
Gambrinus ESB
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 23

Voting closed: February 01, 2013, 03:32:08 PM

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Prefered base malt for brewing?
« on: January 22, 2013, 03:32:08 PM »
I typically by 50 pound sacks of malt for my brewing so I always have some on hand when I want to brew.  I have a limited selection where I live (Fairbanks, Alaska) and tend to have to get whatever is available (frequently gambrinus or great western 2 row).  I just found a source with a selection of malts that has inexpensive shipping for me and I was wondering what people liked. 

I tend to brew a variety of ales ranging from blondes, red ales, IPA's, Stouts, Belgians, you name it...but I do tend to like malty beers.  This survey has a list of some of the malts I have to choose from and I just wanted to see what people liked ;)

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Re: Prefered base malt for brewing?
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2013, 03:38:29 PM »
Well...you don't have any of the malts I can get.  But I'd go with a 2 row pale malt as my basic base since I largely brew ales.
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Re: Prefered base malt for brewing?
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2013, 03:49:08 PM »
I don't know that I can vote since I don't consider any of those malts interchangeable. I will say that both the GW Pale Ale and the TF Maris Otter are great malts, in my experience.
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Re: Prefered base malt for brewing?
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2013, 04:04:01 PM »
2 row is my go to (Great Western or other domestic sources) in 50 lb sacks.
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Re: Prefered base malt for brewing?
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2013, 04:10:33 PM »
What are you making?
For some British Ales I like GP, for others I like MO. I do like GP for a sweet-malty flavor.
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Re: Prefered base malt for brewing?
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2013, 06:18:28 PM »
What are you making?
For some British Ales I like GP, for others I like MO. I do like GP for a sweet-malty flavor.

I never know what I'm making until the spirit strikes me.  It looks like the new supplier also has some basic 2-row also but I'm interested in something with a little character.  I brew fairly frequently but not enough to keep two different types of base malt on hand.

I haven't brewed with Golden promise for years, could be interesting to try.  I think I've only ever used it for Scottish ales. 

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Re: Prefered base malt for brewing?
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2013, 11:48:26 PM »
I regularly use both Thomas Fawcett Maris Otter and Great Western Northwest Pale Ale (Washington Select) and really like both.  I often blend them as well, using more or less of one or the other depending on what I'm going for.  If I were you I would get one or the other and then alternate sacks when you start to run low.  Best of both worlds :)
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Re: Prefered base malt for brewing?
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2013, 09:20:18 AM »
More than anything else I use GW california select and/or munich (weyermann when I am feeling wealthy and not careing overly about environmental impact and gambrinus otherwise) I'll grab a sack of pils (again, weyermann for the richie rich days and gambrinus or GW others)
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Re: Prefered base malt for brewing?
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2013, 09:36:26 AM »
of the ones listed, TF MO and GW NWPA.  Add in some Best or Weyermann Pilsner and I could get through just about everything I regularly make.

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Re: Prefered base malt for brewing?
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2013, 10:35:43 AM »
None from the list. Simpsons Maris Otter is what I can easily get over here in the UK.
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Re: Prefered base malt for brewing?
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2013, 10:46:10 AM »
I use Thomas Fawcett Maris Otter and Best pilsner as my base malts most of the time.  My choices for domestic 2 row are Briess and Canada Malting.  The Briess is OK, but I'm not a fan of the Canada Malting 2 row.
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Re: Prefered base malt for brewing?
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2013, 03:00:20 PM »
Depends on what I'm brewing.  For most of my house beers I go with a Maris Otter.  They are generally English styles.  For American and really light styles it is normally Rahr 2-row.

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Re: Prefered base malt for brewing?
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2013, 06:46:20 PM »
Definitely depends on what you are brewing. I tend to use either Pilsner or Pale Malt as a base male depending.
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Re: Prefered base malt for brewing?
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2013, 08:50:35 PM »
I use the Fawcett MO for some styles, but usually I'm using inexpensive 2-row pale(Rahr or Breiss) or Weyermann Pilsner or Munich.  Rahr wheat is also a great base malt.
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Re: Prefered base malt for brewing?
« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2013, 08:56:37 AM »
I generally only use MO in English-style beers. I usually use continental pale malt for Belgian beers but anything else gets domestic stuff. I don't think you could go wrong using MO for everything if you were willing to suck up the extra cost over a US or Canadian maltster.
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