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Optic Malt ESB
« on: March 14, 2014, 07:39:27 PM »
Has anyone ever used Optic Malt for an ESB? Thinking 85% of the grist with some crystal and torrified wheat and WLp 028 Edinburgh yeast

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Re: Optic Malt ESB
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2014, 09:49:47 PM »
Not yet, but it's been on my list to try. I've been wanting to try side-by-sides with Optic, Halcyon, MO, and GP. Your plan looks like a good one to me.
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Re: Optic Malt ESB
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2014, 05:25:04 AM »
Not yet, but it's been on my list to try. I've been wanting to try side-by-sides with Optic, Halcyon, MO, and GP. Your plan looks like a good one to me.
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Re: Optic Malt ESB
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2014, 09:54:58 AM »
I've got a sack of Pearl coming through my club group buy. Looking forward to it. I wonder how much difference there really is between all of those malts though. It has to be pretty, miniscule, right?
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Re: Optic Malt ESB
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2014, 10:03:04 AM »
I have an ESB fermenting with ~94% T.F. Optic, I did a grain taste comparison with Perle and much preferred the optic. Think I'll take a reading this afternoon and get a taste sample. It was also my first time using First Gold hops so very curious how it turned out.
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Re: Optic Malt ESB
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2014, 10:34:58 AM »
I've got a sack of Pearl coming through my club group buy. Looking forward to it. I wonder how much difference there really is between all of those malts though. It has to be pretty, miniscule, right?
All have that British flavor, but some differences.

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Re: Optic Malt ESB
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2014, 08:38:24 AM »
I've got a sack of Pearl coming through my club group buy. Looking forward to it. I wonder how much difference there really is between all of those malts though. It has to be pretty, miniscule, right?

I don't know. we're talking about totally different varieties of barley. does a mcintosh taste like a granny smith except for miniscule differences? I mean they are both apples but they are not the same apple.

take it further, try a nice heirloom apple against a red (not all that)delicious and really experience a difference.
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Re: Optic Malt ESB
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2014, 09:07:31 AM »
I've got a sack of Pearl coming through my club group buy. Looking forward to it. I wonder how much difference there really is between all of those malts though. It has to be pretty, miniscule, right?

I don't know. we're talking about totally different varieties of barley. does a mcintosh taste like a granny smith except for miniscule differences? I mean they are both apples but they are not the same apple.

take it further, try a nice heirloom apple against a red (not all that)delicious and really experience a difference.

One day I was asking my LHBSer about different malts and he said to me, "just eat some and decide for yourself". It's not a definite indicator of finished flavor or yield but I find it very helpful for determining personal preference.  Whenever I'm at the shop I munch a few grains either to try something new or compare a few against each other. I realize a lot of folks have supplies delivered but just saying, if you get the opportunity.
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Re: Optic Malt ESB
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2014, 09:14:55 AM »
I've got a sack of Pearl coming through my club group buy. Looking forward to it. I wonder how much difference there really is between all of those malts though. It has to be pretty, miniscule, right?

I don't know. we're talking about totally different varieties of barley. does a mcintosh taste like a granny smith except for miniscule differences? I mean they are both apples but they are not the same apple.

take it further, try a nice heirloom apple against a red (not all that)delicious and really experience a difference.

One day I was asking my LHBSer about different malts and he said to me, "just eat some and decide for yourself". It's not a definite indicator of finished flavor or yield but I find it very helpful for determining personal preference.  Whenever I'm at the shop I munch a few grains either to try something new or compare a few against each other. I realize a lot of folks have supplies delivered but just saying, if you get the opportunity.

+1 to tasting.
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