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Re: Is Maris Otter worth it?
« Reply #30 on: November 18, 2009, 05:14:36 PM »
I have not brewed enough beers with MO to say for sure if "it is worth it."  Other homebrewers I have heard opinions from seem to think a good domestic 2 row coupled with a little bit of Munich malt will get you a base malt bill that is similar to MO malt.  I have not tasted a "side by side" of an all MO base beer and 2row w/munich so I don't know for sure.  I do plan on "testing" this theory in the future.
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Re: Is Maris Otter worth it?
« Reply #31 on: November 18, 2009, 05:25:09 PM »
I would say US 2-row with biscuit will get you close, but not exact. But Munich is the wrong malt to try to emulate MO and don't let anyone tell you differently.
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Re: Is Maris Otter worth it?
« Reply #32 on: November 20, 2009, 07:57:16 AM »
I would say US 2-row with biscuit will get you close, but not exact. But Munich is the wrong malt to try to emulate MO and don't let anyone tell you differently.

Would you simply sub some of the two row for an equal amount of Biscuit?  Also, what recipe percentages might be used?
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Re: Is Maris Otter worth it?
« Reply #33 on: November 21, 2009, 06:39:28 AM »
You only use about 3-5% biscuit in substitution of 2 row.
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Re: Is Maris Otter worth it?
« Reply #34 on: November 23, 2009, 08:28:02 AM »
I was once a MO only brewer but I have since move on to Golden Promise. My homebrew club did a Malt Tea(mashed at 150 for 30 min) tasting last week and it is amazing the difference between domestic 2 row, domestic 6 row and the British (MO and GP) malts. You will not be disappointed with the MO. I would recommend doing a malt tea tasting as a club presentation or on your own to see the difference between malts that you will use as a base to get a better understanding of what you are starting with. for yourself all you need is to crush 4 oz and mash for 30 minutes or so. For a group of 15 we used 8 ounces per malt with 8 different malts. Very informative. 
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Re: Is Maris Otter worth it?
« Reply #35 on: November 23, 2009, 11:53:23 AM »
I was once a MO only brewer but I have since move on to Golden Promise. My homebrew club did a Malt Tea(mashed at 150 for 30 min) tasting last week and it is amazing the difference between domestic 2 row, domestic 6 row and the British (MO and GP) malts. You will not be disappointed with the MO. I would recommend doing a malt tea tasting as a club presentation or on your own to see the difference between malts that you will use as a base to get a better understanding of what you are starting with. for yourself all you need is to crush 4 oz and mash for 30 minutes or so. For a group of 15 we used 8 ounces per malt with 8 different malts. Very informative. 
Very interesting idea.
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Re: Is Maris Otter worth it?
« Reply #36 on: November 24, 2009, 09:26:53 AM »
I was once a MO only brewer but I have since move on to Golden Promise. My homebrew club did a Malt Tea(mashed at 150 for 30 min) tasting last week and it is amazing the difference between domestic 2 row, domestic 6 row and the British (MO and GP) malts. You will not be disappointed with the MO. I would recommend doing a malt tea tasting as a club presentation or on your own to see the difference between malts that you will use as a base to get a better understanding of what you are starting with. for yourself all you need is to crush 4 oz and mash for 30 minutes or so. For a group of 15 we used 8 ounces per malt with 8 different malts. Very informative. 

very cool idea that would might be fun to do at a meeting.  did you guys cool it down or drink hot?
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Re: Is Maris Otter worth it?
« Reply #37 on: November 24, 2009, 10:49:22 AM »
It had cooled to room temp by the time we got around to drinking it.
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Re: Is Maris Otter worth it?
« Reply #38 on: December 07, 2009, 08:53:23 PM »
I mostly use Maris Otter and love it.  I just did some Belgians with Weyerman pale and really can't complain about that malt either!

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Re: Is Maris Otter worth it?
« Reply #39 on: December 07, 2009, 08:54:40 PM »
I was once a MO only brewer but I have since move on to Golden Promise. My homebrew club did a Malt Tea(mashed at 150 for 30 min) tasting last week and it is amazing the difference between domestic 2 row, domestic 6 row and the British (MO and GP) malts. You will not be disappointed with the MO. I would recommend doing a malt tea tasting as a club presentation or on your own to see the difference between malts that you will use as a base to get a better understanding of what you are starting with. for yourself all you need is to crush 4 oz and mash for 30 minutes or so. For a group of 15 we used 8 ounces per malt with 8 different malts. Very informative. 

That's a great idea.  I'm going to steal it for my homebrew club! ;D