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Base malt advice/opinions sought

PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 22:34
by HTH1975
I'm considering my options for my next order of base malt. I'm working in a micro-brewery now, so I can get a 25kg bag without the high delivery charge.

I'm wondering what to go for - Maris otter, Halycon, Optic, golden promise, propino etc.

Just wondering about the differences between them all. Maris Otter seems to be the 'go to' safe bet.

Would appreciate opinions/views.

Cheers

Re: Base malt advice/opinions sought

PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 23:29
by Good Ed
I use them all, also in combination (something that was done in the past by breweries), I don't have a refined taste but this is what I have gleaned from various sources, either sown in the autumn or spring.

Propino; spring; biscuit (Muntons pale malt)
Maris Otter; winter; slightly nutty, honey sweet
Golden Promise; spring; Scottish, sweet mellow wort
Halcyon; winter; less sweet than MO, biscuit, brighter & lighter than Pearl
Optic; spring; aromatic qualities, biscuity, malty
Pearl; winter; slightly bready, dry
Triumph; spring; used for mild malt here, for lager on the continent
Flagon; winter; traditional, biscuity, lighter than Pearl (Crisps pale malt)
Tipple; spring; complex and bready

Re: Base malt advice/opinions sought

PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:25
by john luc
Since you now work in a micro brewery ask the head brewer why he uses different pale malts and what beers does he use them for.

Re: Base malt advice/opinions sought

PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:45
by robwalker
Summer's coming so I recommend crisp extra pale MO, the wort colour is great for summer pales!

Re: Base malt advice/opinions sought

PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 12:52
by HTH1975
Good Ed wrote:I use them all, also in combination (something that was done in the past by breweries), I don't have a refined taste but this is what I have gleaned from various sources, either sown in the autumn or spring.

Propino; spring; biscuit (Muntons pale malt)
Maris Otter; winter; slightly nutty, honey sweet
Golden Promise; spring; Scottish, sweet mellow wort
Halcyon; winter; less sweet than MO, biscuit, brighter & lighter than Pearl
Optic; spring; aromatic qualities, biscuity, malty
Pearl; winter; slightly bready, dry
Triumph; spring; used for mild malt here, for lager on the continent
Flagon; winter; traditional, biscuity, lighter than Pearl (Crisps pale malt)
Tipple; spring; complex and bready


Much obliged - that's exactly what I was looking for.

We use MO at work so I have good access to that. I'm just wanting to get a feel for other base malts so I can try mixing them up for more complexity.