Ingredients: Hop & Grape

Postby Good Ed » Wed Apr 09, 2014 15:58

I have recently started using Hop & Grape as well as continuing to use the MM and WHP. H&G carry a range of malts and I've been trying out the Halcyon, Golden Promise and Optic varieties of pale malt. They also do small quantities of malts and only surcharge 25p if it is less than 250g.

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Re: Ingredients: Hop & Grape

Postby tommidolcetto » Wed Apr 09, 2014 16:07

Hi Ed
How did you find the Golden Promise? Brewing with it tomorrow and not sure what to expect.
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Re: Ingredients: Hop & Grape

Postby Good Ed » Wed Apr 09, 2014 19:41

I haven't used it yet, it is supposed to be a cleaner less malty taste than Maris Otter. It used to be commercially grown in Scotland, but I'm not sure where it comes from now, maybe it still comes from there on a smaller scale.

I've got it lined up for a couple of Scottish historical pale ales.

What are you brewing?

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Re: Ingredients: Hop & Grape

Postby Eric » Sat Apr 12, 2014 22:01

Timothy Taylor use exclusively Golden Promise. Theirs is grown on the east coast near the England Scotland border and malted by Simpsons in Berwick and they make lovely malts.
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Re: Ingredients: Hop & Grape

Postby Dennis King » Sat Apr 12, 2014 22:06

On my second successive sack of golden promise, Fawcetts, decent malt. Still wondering if it justifies the extra cost.
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Re: Ingredients: Hop & Grape

Postby Eric » Sat Apr 12, 2014 22:53

Dennis King wrote:On my second successive sack of golden promise, Fawcetts, decent malt. Still wondering if it justifies the extra cost.


Yes Dennis, my logbook comments suggest there's not much correlation between malt cost and my finished beer quality, although the better malts do mash better.

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Re: Ingredients: Hop & Grape

Postby Dennis King » Sat Apr 12, 2014 22:58

Eric wrote:
Yes Dennis, my logbook comments suggest there's not much correlation between malt cost and my finished beer quality, although the better malts do mash better


Efficiency does seem slightly up.
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