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Re: Is there any difference between two-row malt and pale malt?
« Reply #15 on: October 22, 2014, 07:05:45 pm »
Rahr is my favorite U.S. 2 row. It is consistently better than Briess IMO, though I have used Briess in a pinch.
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Re: Is there any difference between two-row malt and pale malt?
« Reply #16 on: October 22, 2014, 09:20:35 pm »
I have never used Rahr 2-row, but I have heard good things about it.  I used to use a lot of Schreier 2-row in the nineties.  I believe that Schreier is now part of the commodities giant Cargill.  Anything is better than Briess 2-Row Brewer's Malt.  That stuff is so bland that it makes melba toast taste good. :)

Hey, now that I can agree with!  I get Great Western 2-row since we have a good Country Malt distributor locally.  ABB (Anything But Briess).

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Re: Is there any difference between two-row malt and pale malt?
« Reply #17 on: October 22, 2014, 09:28:26 pm »
Everyone bad mouths Briess 2 row, but I think it is not terrible, just lighter and blander than others.  Great Western is fine, Rahr is okay and I have tried Gambrinus 2 Row with success.  I don't have enough of a trained palate to be able to specify the differences and I have had success with many of these malts.  2 rows just don't seem to be that distinctive to me...maybe I need to do an all 2 row and compare several beers....

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Is there any difference between two-row malt and pale malt?
« Reply #18 on: October 23, 2014, 08:15:10 am »
Not bad mouthing. Just expressing the opinion.

May be if you use plenty of speciality malts you can fix what this 2row is lacking.

But then it would go against "No Crystal" ban wagon group.
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Re: Is there any difference between two-row malt and pale malt?
« Reply #19 on: October 23, 2014, 08:25:16 am »
I think Breiss 2-row is good for a cream ale.  It just doesn't have quite what I want for most other beers.

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Re: Is there any difference between two-row malt and pale malt?
« Reply #20 on: October 23, 2014, 08:51:14 am »
Rahr two row is the cheapest base malt around my parts but I'm always hesitant to buy it because I'm perplexed by the ph issue with it.

There is a local shop that sells shreier two row at roughly the same price. I don't see a lot of info about shreier after about 2003. Is this stuff that bad? I get the impression it is pretty much on par with briess.
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Re: Is there any difference between two-row malt and pale malt?
« Reply #21 on: October 23, 2014, 08:56:14 am »
Rahr two row is the cheapest base malt around my parts but I'm always hesitant to buy it because I'm perplexed by the ph issue with it.

Ooh, this sounds like a fun tangent… What's the pH issue?
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Re: Is there any difference between two-row malt and pale malt?
« Reply #22 on: October 23, 2014, 08:59:00 am »
On the Rahr, even though it's ~ 2L Martin said to enter it in Bru'nwater as 5L to account for the extra acidity. I like it especially on pale beers because it brings your pH closer to target even before adding acidity.
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Re: Is there any difference between two-row malt and pale malt?
« Reply #23 on: October 23, 2014, 09:10:08 am »
Interesting. I switched from GW to Rahr recently and I have been having to add a little more alkalinity than before, but I changed water at the same time so I had "chalked" it up to that.
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Re: Is there any difference between two-row malt and pale malt?
« Reply #24 on: October 23, 2014, 01:25:07 pm »
Interesting. I switched from GW to Rahr recently and I have been having to add a little more alkalinity than before, but I changed water at the same time so I had "chalked" it up to that.

I see what you did there. clever. I would contribute to the conversation but I have no "base" for comparison.
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Re: Is there any difference between two-row malt and pale malt?
« Reply #25 on: October 23, 2014, 01:33:51 pm »
Interesting. I switched from GW to Rahr recently and I have been having to add a little more alkalinity than before, but I changed water at the same time so I had "chalked" it up to that.

I see what you did there. clever. I would contribute to the conversation but I have no "base" for comparison.
And in all reality, my opinion would "Pale" in comparison :o
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