I'm thinking about doing a lager, not sure exactly what yet but probably a pilsner and I'm wondering if it essential to use pilsener malt? Besides colour, what is the advantage of pilsener malt over standard 2-row? I'm not that concerned with it being as light as possible in colour, more concerned with how it tastes and how it works in a batch sparge application.
I guess the bigger question is what I can make if I buy 55 lbs of 2-row instead of worrying about buying smaller lots of various other malts. I know I'll need to add a few different specialty grains into my inventory but for now, what would be the most diverse base grain to have on hand?