I have been playing with trying to get the malt right for these beers for quite some time. I found the more I tightened up my system the more the malts I was using tasted wrong. Vima was giving me way to much fresh dough, even at 5%. Muma was adding a weird slight sour twang, along with a muddy flavor, and it was not what I was tasting in the beers I love. We had always previously joked about a super pima, so thats where this name came from. I did a bunch of looking into things, and determined that I wanted to blend pima with as similar a malt like it I could. I know Steve looked into blending it will pale ale malt, so I started there, but didn't have to go far, because it was a home run.
Enter the pima/pale ale super pima blend®. Which is the pima of your choice(I use Barke exclusivly), and Weyermann's pale ale malt. Working with Big monk, we came up with a really easy way to blend these malts( more on that coming soon). Personally I use a 50/50 blend of the 2 and am blown away with the results. Its like pima on steroids, with none of the other flavors I was getting with the addition of the other malts. The pale ale malts lend amazing foam properties as well.
My Pilsner is simply a 50/50 blend. Here is a sample that is currently fermenting for color
Here is a sample of an Export Helles with a 50/50 blend:
The color of the beers with the blend is pretty much spot on when comparing to commercial examples as are the malt flavors.