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Base malt for irish red ale
« on: January 15, 2010, 04:45:31 PM »
Would love some input on what base malt everybody pefers to  use for an Irish Red Ale.  I was thinking Maris Otter.

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Re: Base malt for irish red ale
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2010, 08:00:24 PM »
Maris Otter for me.
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Re: Base malt for irish red ale
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2010, 08:51:07 PM »
Marris Otter for mine too.  Brewing my Irish Red this Sunday as a matter of fact.
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Re: Base malt for irish red ale
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2010, 11:34:58 PM »
Another vote for MO.
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Re: Base malt for irish red ale
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2010, 07:17:15 AM »
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Re: Base malt for irish red ale
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2010, 01:43:11 PM »
Thanks, looks like I'll be heading out the LHBS and getting some more MO.

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Re: Base malt for irish red ale
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2010, 10:56:49 PM »
I've been using Optic in mine & really like the profile, but you can't go wrong w/ MO + it's easier to get.  ;)
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Re: Base malt for irish red ale
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2010, 07:50:36 AM »
I've been using Optic in mine & really like the profile, but you can't go wrong w/ MO + it's easier to get.  ;)


What differences did you notice with the Optic compared to the MO?  I have access to both but have never used Optic before.

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Re: Base malt for irish red ale
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2010, 08:49:03 AM »
not beertracker, but I've used a few sacks of Optic before (and I've  used TF MO as my ale base malt >4 yrs).  To me, Optic lends a little more candy-like maltiness and slightly less bready/biscuity than MO.  Those were the only detectable differences I had.  I didn't like the candyness in the malt as much so I went back to my old standby MO.

Would be interested to hear beertracker's take as well.

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Re: Base malt for irish red ale
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2010, 07:51:49 PM »

I'm experimenting with Halcyon for the first time on Monday morning.  Looking forward to it!

I would like to hear the result when available
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Re: Base malt for irish red ale
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2010, 08:02:11 AM »

I'm experimenting with Halcyon for the first time on Monday morning.  Looking forward to it!

I would like to hear the result when available

Me too!  I usually use MO for all ales other than Continentals these days.
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Re: Base malt for irish red ale
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2010, 08:04:18 AM »

I would like to hear the result when available
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Me too!  I usually use MO for all ales other than Continentals these days.
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well, its happily fermenting away - i expect to be tapping into it at the end of February - will keep you posted.
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Re: Base malt for irish red ale
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2010, 09:22:47 AM »
not beertracker, but I've used a few sacks of Optic before (and I've  used TF MO as my ale base malt >4 yrs).  To me, Optic lends a little more candy-like maltiness and slightly less bready/biscuity than MO.  Those were the only detectable differences I had.  I didn't like the candyness in the malt as much so I went back to my old standby MO.

Would be interested to hear beertracker's take as well.

I'm experimenting with Halcyon for the first time on Monday morning.  Looking forward to it!

Cheers!

I would only add that Optic lends a slightly more exaggerated aromatic graininess to the finished beer. In other words, it aids/adds to the complexity of smaller session beers creating smooth textured beers. I'm not suggesting that MO doesn't, just prefer the profile in certain styles that I've used both malts in.  ;)     
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Re: Base malt for irish red ale
« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2010, 01:50:13 PM »
Would love some input on what base malt everybody pefers to  use for an Irish Red Ale.  I was thinking Maris Otter.

You couldn't go wrong with some MO ::)

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Re: Base malt for irish red ale
« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2010, 02:24:10 PM »
Would love some input on what base malt everybody pefers to  use for an Irish Red Ale.  I was thinking Maris Otter.

You couldn't go wrong with some MO ::)

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