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Offline pete b

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Ideas for these malts?
« on: May 29, 2015, 02:08:04 PM »
Next month I'm picking up my malt CSA from the local maltster. This is locally grown and malted and I want to make the most of it. So rather than relying on my own feeble brains I thought I would invite thoughts from all your feeble brains ;).
Please give me ideas for these grains. I would like to only use these malts so please don't add any additional specialty malts.
Here it is:
For base malt we will have 2-row NY Winter-grown Wintmalt. This is a 8.9% protein barley that is easily modified to give extracts averaging 82% fg. We are now kilning our Pale base malt at a higher temperature to bring out some delicious flavor. Because this will be a summer made malt it will also have a higher color averaging 4-5L.

 For specialty malts we are planning on the following:
 5 lbs Vienna
 5 lbs Harris Heirloom White Wheat
 2 lbs Biscuit Wheat
 2 lbs Acidulated Warthog Wheat
 2 lbs Acidulated Danko Rye
Naturally Acidulated Malts are and R&D project here at Valley Malt. We are fascinated by the flavors that comes from this process and encourage brewers to use as your palate leads you. Perhaps in a saison, gose, or just to even out ph in you beer.
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Re: Ideas for these malts?
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2015, 02:41:03 PM »
Vienna and rye work really well together to make a blonde ale (or lager).

I wouldn't be afraid to make a tart saison using a combination of the vienna, white wheat (and/or rye) and acidulated wheat.
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Re: Ideas for these malts?
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2015, 02:54:55 PM »
I would also give a wit a try, and go really easy on the spices to showcase the malt and yeast character. A little of the rye could up the spicy character...

Seems like you have a lot of possible targets...
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Re: Ideas for these malts?
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2015, 03:10:10 PM »

Seems like you have a lot of possible targets...
Yea, so many choices. I wasn't expecting as much specialty malt. I thought I would see what I was getting and have only one or two obvious choices.
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Re: Ideas for these malts?
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2015, 03:10:37 PM »
Agreed on Saison and wit. I'll be curious to see what you think of the malts.
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Re: Ideas for these malts?
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2015, 03:02:04 PM »
You could go all-in with everything on a saison that would probably be pretty nice. You could also do a few smaller batches to test everything out one-by-one. Maybe a Berliner Weisse using the acidulated malts to "sour" it.
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Re: Ideas for these malts?
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2015, 11:12:20 AM »
I've never used aciduated malts, I'm going to have to brush up on them. The Berliner Weiss is a good idea as I am wanting some low ABv brews not only for summer but in general.
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