I just started a D-rest on my latest lagers (my third batch of American Lager and first try at a Pilsner) getting bored with that so I'm going to run ales for a while. Plus high temps are coming so it will be a bit easier on my freezer too.
I'm going to run a side by side comparison looking for what I want in a base malt in my house APA.
Two five gallon batches. One will be 12# great western 2 row. The other will be 12# Maris Otter. Each mashed at 155' for an hour 2 qts per pound. Each hopped the same. 2 oz simcoe FWH, 2 oz cascade 15 min, 1 oz Willamette at FO.
I'm kicking around what to do with steeps. Part of me says leave it single mash for now and see the difference as is, play with steeping grain later. But I don't want to end up bland, colorless, bodiless either. So maybe a pound of crystal 40 in each?
Both will be on WY1056 by the way, ran at 63-65'