When you blend paint you start with a base paint and then add a bit of color (or multiple colors) to get the final colored product. When making beer you use a base malt (or blend of base malts) in large proportion and then add small amounts of specialty malt to add select flavors and character. The specialty malts have very strong flavors and should be used sparingly.
A few common generic base malts include (there are many):
2-Row (aka Pale Malt)
Pale Ale Malt
Your IPA malt bill should be 80-95% one of the base malts or a blend of two of these. I think the most popular base malts for IPA would be 2-Row, Pale Ale Malt, Maris Otter, or Golden Promise. But people use all from the above list.
Munich, Vienna, and Wheat malt are sometimes used as base malts (for other beer styles) and sometimes treated like specialty malts. For an IPA malt bill, they are more likely to appear in specialty quantities.
Regarding whether your prior recipe will make beer, did you measure the original gravity with a hydrometer or refractometer? What value did you get?
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