Poll

Which base malts do you keep in stock in bulk (~1 sack or greater)?

Pils
34 (24.8%)
Pale
13 (9.5%)
Maris Otter
21 (15.3%)
Vienna
6 (4.4%)
Munich
15 (10.9%)
2 Row
31 (22.6%)
6 Row
0 (0%)
Wheat
6 (4.4%)
Rye
3 (2.2%)
Optic
2 (1.5%)
Pearl
0 (0%)
Halcyon
0 (0%)
Golden Promise
6 (4.4%)

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Which base malts do you keep in stock?
« on: August 28, 2017, 08:17:24 PM »
Just wondering what people choose to stock. I've never really settled on anything in particular, but I'd love to hear what people stock and why. I tried Avangard recently, and it seems to be fine? I'm not sure if I've noticed a huge difference, but I tend to brew hoppier beers or darker beers. I'd love to do some side by side comparisons, but I'd also like to brew some more SMASH beers, fermentation temp trials, water chemistry trials, Sahti, Norwegian Farmhouse Ales, a NEIPA, an Alt, a Kolsch...

I'm not sure if I'm putting too many options, especially with Optic/Pearl, Halcyon, etc.

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Re: Which base malts do you keep in stock?
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2017, 08:22:29 PM »
I buy several sacks of pils (weyermann) and 2 row (rahr) frequently, buy a sack or 2 of munich and maris otter annually, and then for Vienna and Munich II, I have bought sacks in the past but going forward I think i'll stick to the a couple 10# bags instead since I've noticed I don't turn it over as much as I anticipate.

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Re: Which base malts do you keep in stock?
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2017, 08:30:38 PM »
Do you realize that every malt you listed is 2 row?  I have pale malt from Mecca Grade, Great Western, Simpson (Golden Promise) and Rahr, pils from Best and Mecca Grade, Munich from Great Western, Best and Mecca Grade, Vienna, crystal 44 and wheat from Mecca Grade, rye from Mecca Grade and Briess and a bunch of other stuff I can't recall at the moment.
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Re: Which base malts do you keep in stock?
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2017, 08:45:39 PM »
I burn through the Avangard pilsner malt much fast than any other.  I brew a lot of lagers and Belgians, so that explains that.

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Re: Which base malts do you keep in stock?
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2017, 09:35:12 PM »
Do you realize that every malt you listed is 2 row?  I have pale malt from Mecca Grade, Great Western, Simpson (Golden Promise) and Rahr, pils from Best and Mecca Grade, Munich from Great Western, Best and Mecca Grade, Vienna, crystal 44 and wheat from Mecca Grade, rye from Mecca Grade and Briess and a bunch of other stuff I can't recall at the moment.
Right, I was under the impression that some of these were different varieties or kilning procedures. I don't think I could get enough poll options to list a dozen manufacturers. Golden promise for example, is a variety developed through mutagenics that's widely used in scotch production. I also thought the majority of base malts used today are two row, with exception of select styles.

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Re: Which base malts do you keep in stock?
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2017, 11:07:28 PM »
Zero. I order JIT per brew. Let someone else stock it.


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Re: Which base malts do you keep in stock?
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2017, 11:35:52 PM »
Zero. I order JIT per brew. Let someone else stock it.


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Re: Which base malts do you keep in stock?
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2017, 11:54:43 PM »
Zero. I order JIT per brew. Let someone else stock it.


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Yep. I get what grain I need at the required time—no more, no less.  That's why I like ordering from Great Fermentations over my LHBS.  Even though he measures out of bulk—he won't sell portions of a lb.


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Re: Which base malts do you keep in stock?
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2017, 05:49:42 PM »
Do you realize that every malt you listed is 2 row?  I have pale malt from Mecca Grade, Great Western, Simpson (Golden Promise) and Rahr, pils from Best and Mecca Grade, Munich from Great Western, Best and Mecca Grade, Vienna, crystal 44 and wheat from Mecca Grade, rye from Mecca Grade and Briess and a bunch of other stuff I can't recall at the moment.

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Re: Which base malts do you keep in stock?
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2017, 05:55:39 PM »
Do you realize that every malt you listed is 2 row?  I have pale malt from Mecca Grade, Great Western, Simpson (Golden Promise) and Rahr, pils from Best and Mecca Grade, Munich from Great Western, Best and Mecca Grade, Vienna, crystal 44 and wheat from Mecca Grade, rye from Mecca Grade and Briess and a bunch of other stuff I can't recall at the moment.

I suppose the other reason is many company's (Briess & Great Western for example) offer pale ale malt, pilsner, etc. but also a generic two row malt.

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Re: Which base malts do you keep in stock?
« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2017, 06:13:08 PM »
Do you realize that every malt you listed is 2 row?  I have pale malt from Mecca Grade, Great Western, Simpson (Golden Promise) and Rahr, pils from Best and Mecca Grade, Munich from Great Western, Best and Mecca Grade, Vienna, crystal 44 and wheat from Mecca Grade, rye from Mecca Grade and Briess and a bunch of other stuff I can't recall at the moment.

How big is your warehouse?  ;)

Friend's basement.  There are multiple bags of most of those.
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Re: Which base malts do you keep in stock?
« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2017, 06:14:11 PM »
Do you realize that every malt you listed is 2 row?  I have pale malt from Mecca Grade, Great Western, Simpson (Golden Promise) and Rahr, pils from Best and Mecca Grade, Munich from Great Western, Best and Mecca Grade, Vienna, crystal 44 and wheat from Mecca Grade, rye from Mecca Grade and Briess and a bunch of other stuff I can't recall at the moment.

I suppose the other reason is many company's (Briess & Great Western for example) offer pale ale malt, pilsner, etc. but also a generic two row malt.

But all of those malts you mention ARE 2 row malt.  I think that what you're referring to is pale malt.  I'm just in favor if specificity.
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Re: Which base malts do you keep in stock?
« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2017, 10:59:13 PM »
I always have Pilsner and Continental Pale Ale malt on hand for lagers and Belgian (I use a 60-40 or 70-30 blend for my base on those). I keep MO on hand for English ales. I also keep smaller amounts of Munich and Vienna at all times as well. Lately I've been using my Pils/Pale Ale blend for my base on American styles as well. I don't really see a need for something like a pale US 2 row with all the other malts I keep on hand.

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Re: Which base malts do you keep in stock?
« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2017, 01:33:11 AM »
But all of those malts you mention ARE 2 row malt.  I think that what you're referring to is pale malt.  I'm just in favor if specificity.

It did make it hard to vote. Should I have picked 2-row, pale, or both? They should probably just be called "other pale" to differentiate them from the specific 2-row varietals that are listed.
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Re: Which base malts do you keep in stock?
« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2017, 03:15:22 PM »
   JIT is fine if you're close enough to supply, and never get a wild hair to do something on the spur of the moment. Most of the stuff I order takes a week or more to get here, so I keep lots on hand. Currently I have about 3 dozen types of barley malt and a dozen kinds of non-barley malts and flakes - but only a half dozen or so that were purchased by the whole bag, and some DME, candi syrup, etc. I'd be curious to know how much stuff other people keep on hand.
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