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I dropped round Clever Brewing's new digs today to say Hi to the Grand Imperator and tasted my way through the base malts. I'm in love with the Baird's Pale Ale! I want some. Replaced the sack of BB Pale Malt with a sack of Baird's. Tempted to get 2, but I'm already buying a crapload. Damn it's nice! Distinctive.

FULL BAGS:
1. Mardoo, TF Golden Promise, TF Maris Otter, Wey Pale Wheat, Gladfield German Pilsner, Baird's Pale Malt
2. Camo6, TF Maris Otter, TF Golden Promise, Wey Pils, Gladfields American Ale
3. Malt Junkie, TF Golden Promise, TF Maris Otter,Wey Pils, Wey Vienna
4. Shavey147; BB Ale
5. Schooner_downunder, TF Maris Otter,TF Golden Promise, Wey Pils
6. Razz, Weyermann Bohemian Pils, Weyermann Pale Ale.
7. Technobabble66, Weyermann Bohemian Pils, TF Maris Otter. Gladfields American Ale x2, BB Pale Ale x2.
8. Haciluku, Weyermann Bohemian Pils, BB Pale Malt
9. droid, Weyerman Vienna, Weyerman light Munich, Weyerman Pilsner x 3, Weyerman Wheat (Pale)
10. Nullnvoid, BB ale x 2
11. Peaky, Barrett Burston Ale Malt, Weyermann Light Munich.
12. BrockHops, Weyerman Bohemian Pilsner, TF Golden Promise
13. Secretive Squarehead (via MartinOC): Bairds Heavily Peated (x3), Weyermann Bo-Pils (x3), Weyermann Light Munich, Weyermann Dark Munich.
14. JB, Weyerman Bohemian Pilsner x3
15. mofox1, TF Golden Promise x2, Gladfield American Ale
16. cspencer, Barrett Burston Ale Malt x2
17.Micbrew , 1 x TF Golden Promise , 1 x Gladfield American Ale
18.Bronson, 1x TF Maris Otter ,1 x weyermann Bohemian Pilsner.
19. Mezz94, 1 x Gladfield American Ale, 1 x Gladfield Ale
20. Curly79 1x Gladfield American Ale, 1 x TF Golden promise
21. Timmi9191 1x Weyerman Bohem Pils, 1 x Weyerman light Munich
22. Laxation: 1x BB Pale Malt, 1x TF Golden Promise
23. Stubbie: 1xWeyerman Pilsner, 1 x BB Ale
24. Husky: 1 x TF Maris Otter, 1 x Whey Pilsner, 1 x BB Ale

1/2 BAG SPLITS:
1. Simpsons Imperial 1. Mardoo 2.
2. Wey Munich Dark 1. Malt Junkie 2. Technobabble66 (FULL)
3. BB Caramalt 1. Shavey147, 2.
4. BB Crystal Medium 1.Shavey147, 2. Schooner_downunder (FULL)
5. Weyermann Vienna, 1. Technobabble66, 2. Mardoo (FULL)
6. Weyerman Pale Wheat 1. Nullnvoid 2. JB (FULL)
7. Weyerman Munich (light) 1. Nullnvoid 2. BrockHops (FULL)
8. Weyerman Munich (light) 1. Laxation 2. Husky (FULL)
9. Weyermann Pilsner 1. Laxation 2. [If anyone is after 1/2 a Pilsner but wants a different brand, I don't mind which one - feel free to change it]

5-WAY SPLITS:
1. Simpsons Brown 1. Mardoo 2. Mardoo 3.Malt Junkie 4.micbrew 5.Bronson (FULL)
2. Simpsons Amber 1. Mardoo 2.Malt Junkie 3.Bronson 4. 5.
3. Gladfields Shepherd's Delight 1. Malt Junkie 2. Timmi9191 3. Curly79 4. 5.
4. Weyermann Caramel Wheat 1. Mardoo 2. droid 3. Curly79 4. 5.
5. Gladfield Sour Grapes 1. Mardoo 2.Malt Junkie 3.droid 4.yob 5.razz (FULL)
6. Simpsons Roasted Barley. 1.Malt junkie 2. Shavey147 3. 4. 5.
7. Baird's Torrefied Wheat 1. Mardoo 2. BrockHops 3. 4. 5.
8. Gladfield Supernova 1. Mardoo 2. Laxation 3. 4. 5.
9. Weyermann Melanoidan, 1. Schooner_downunder 2. Technobabble66 3.BrockHops 4. JB 5.Bronson ( FULL)
10. Weyermann Wheat (Chocolate), 1. Schooner_downunder 2. 3. 4. 5.
11. Weyermann Cararoma, 1. Schooner_downunder 2. 3. 4. 5.
12. Simpsons Golden Naked OATS, 1. Technobabble66, 2. Haciluku, 3. Mardoo 4. Malt Junkie 5. BrockHops (FULL)
13. Weyerman Munich Dark, 1. Nullnvoid 2. Technobabble66, 3. Timmi9191 4. Husky 5.
14. Simpson Medium Crystal 1. Nullnvoid 2. cspencer 3. cspencer 4.Bronson 5. Technobabble66(FULL)
15. Bairds Oat Malt, 1. Technobabble66, 2. JB 3.Micbrew 4. 5.
16. Weyermann Abbey 1. mofox1 2. mofox1 3. JB 4. 5.
17. Briess Midnight Wheat 1. Madhu 2.Curly79 3.JB 4. 5.
18. Briess Special Roast 1. Madhu 2.Curly79 3. 4. 5.
19. Weyermann Caramunich I 1. Laxation 2. droid 3. Husky 4. 5.
20. Weyermann Vienna 1. Laxation 2.Stubbie 3. 4. 5.
21. Weyermann Rye Malt 1. Laxation 2. 3. 4. 5.
22. Simpsons Aromatic Malt 1. JB 2. 3. 4. 5
 

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I dropped round Clever Brewing's new digs today to say Hi to the Grand Imperator and tasted my way through the base malts. I'm in love with the Baird's Pale Ale! I want some. Replaced the sack of BB Pale Malt with a sack of Baird's. Tempted to get 2, but I'm already buying a crapload. Damn it's nice! Distinctive.
How's it compare to, say TF MO or GP?
 

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As you'll notice, I'm still ordering both TF MO and GP :) I feel like TF MO has that great heavy malt flavour with a bit of graininess; GP has a light, sweet flavour; and the Baird's has a lighter malt touch than the MO and a sort of golden fruitiness to it, if that makes sense. "You will find it has a delicate touch of pear creme brulee briefly touched by anisette, aged in a tin of glace fruits." ;) Don't take me too seriously. I taste different things and I want to see what I can do with them. It's all experimentation.
 

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I need a bigger shed and some more 60L ferms for grain. Bairds may still make the final cut just need to find a home for it!
 

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FULL BAGS:
1. Mardoo, TF Golden Promise, TF Maris Otter, Wey Pale Wheat, Gladfield German Pilsner, Baird's Pale Malt
2. Camo6, TF Maris Otter, TF Golden Promise, Wey Pils, Gladfields American Ale
3. Malt Junkie, TF Golden Promise, TF Maris Otter,Wey Pils, Wey Vienna
4. Shavey147; BB Ale
5. Schooner_downunder, TF Maris Otter,TF Golden Promise, Wey Pils
6. Razz, Weyermann Bohemian Pils, Weyermann Pale Ale.
7. Technobabble66, Weyermann Bohemian Pils, TF Maris Otter. Gladfields American Ale x2, BB Pale Ale x2.
8. Haciluku, Weyermann Bohemian Pils, BB Pale Malt
9. droid, Weyerman Vienna, Weyerman light Munich, Weyerman Pilsner x 3, Weyerman Wheat (Pale)
10. Nullnvoid, BB ale x 2
11. Peaky, Barrett Burston Ale Malt, Weyermann Light Munich.
12. BrockHops, Weyerman Bohemian Pilsner, TF Golden Promise
13. Secretive Squarehead (via MartinOC): Bairds Heavily Peated (x3), Weyermann Bo-Pils (x3), Weyermann Light Munich, Weyermann Dark Munich.
14. JB, Weyerman Bohemian Pilsner x3
15. mofox1, TF Golden Promise x2, Gladfield American Ale
16. cspencer, Barrett Burston Ale Malt x2
17.Micbrew , 1 x TF Golden Promise , 2 x Gladfield American Ale
18.Bronson, 1x TF Maris Otter ,1 x weyermann Bohemian Pilsner.
19. Mezz94, 1 x Gladfield American Ale, 1 x Gladfield Ale
20. Curly79 1x Gladfield American Ale, 1 x TF Golden promise
21. Timmi9191 1x Weyerman Bohem Pils, 1 x Weyerman light Munich
22. Laxation: 1x BB Pale Malt, 1x TF Golden Promise
23. Stubbie: 1xWeyerman Pilsner, 1 x BB Ale
24. Husky: 1 x TF Maris Otter, 1 x Whey Pilsner, 1 x BB Ale

1/2 BAG SPLITS:
1. Simpsons Imperial 1. Mardoo 2.
2. Wey Munich Dark 1. Malt Junkie 2. Technobabble66 (FULL)
3. BB Caramalt 1. Shavey147, 2.
4. BB Crystal Medium 1.Shavey147, 2. Schooner_downunder (FULL)
5. Weyermann Vienna, 1. Technobabble66, 2. Mardoo (FULL)
6. Weyerman Pale Wheat 1. Nullnvoid 2. JB (FULL)
7. Weyerman Munich (light) 1. Nullnvoid 2. BrockHops (FULL)
8. Weyerman Munich (light) 1. Laxation 2. Husky (FULL)
9. Weyermann Pilsner 1. Laxation 2. [If anyone is after 1/2 a Pilsner but wants a different brand, I don't mind which one - feel free to change it]

5-WAY SPLITS:
1. Simpsons Brown 1. Mardoo 2. Mardoo 3.Malt Junkie 4.micbrew 5.Bronson (FULL)
2. Simpsons Amber 1. Mardoo 2.Malt Junkie 3.Bronson 4. 5.
3. Gladfields Shepherd's Delight 1. Malt Junkie 2. Timmi9191 3. Curly79 4. 5.
4. Weyermann Caramel Wheat 1. Mardoo 2. droid 3. Curly79 4. 5.
5. Gladfield Sour Grapes 1. Mardoo 2.Malt Junkie 3.droid 4.yob 5.razz (FULL)
6. Simpsons Roasted Barley. 1.Malt junkie 2. Shavey147 3. 4. 5.
7. Baird's Torrefied Wheat 1. Mardoo 2. BrockHops 3. 4. 5.
8. Gladfield Supernova 1. Mardoo 2. Laxation 3. 4. 5.
9. Weyermann Melanoidan, 1. Schooner_downunder 2. Technobabble66 3.BrockHops 4. JB 5.Bronson ( FULL)
10. Weyermann Wheat (Chocolate), 1. Schooner_downunder 2. 3. 4. 5.
11. Weyermann Cararoma, 1. Schooner_downunder 2. 3. 4. 5.
12. Simpsons Golden Naked OATS, 1. Technobabble66, 2. Haciluku, 3. Mardoo 4. Malt Junkie 5. BrockHops (FULL)
13. Weyerman Munich Dark, 1. Nullnvoid 2. Technobabble66, 3. Timmi9191 4. Husky 5.
14. Simpson Medium Crystal 1. Nullnvoid 2. cspencer 3. cspencer 4.Bronson 5. Technobabble66(FULL)
15. Bairds Oat Malt, 1. Technobabble66, 2. JB 3.Micbrew 4. 5.
16. Weyermann Abbey 1. mofox1 2. mofox1 3. JB 4. 5.
17. Briess Midnight Wheat 1. Madhu 2.Curly79 3.JB 4. 5.
18. Briess Special Roast 1. Madhu 2.Curly79 3. 4. 5.
19. Weyermann Caramunich I 1. Laxation 2. droid 3. Husky 4. 5.
20. Weyermann Vienna 1. Laxation 2.Stubbie 3. 4. 5.
21. Weyermann Rye Malt 1. Laxation 2. 3. 4. 5.
22. Simpsons Aromatic Malt 1. JB 2. 3. 4. 5

cmon and close this deal , before I buy more grain ! that's all

micbrew
 

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Tis true you've still got around a month! This is so you can brew yer ass off to clear your current stock. Get some new and fresh malted grains in ready to brew for for the Xmas swap:p and all those fabulous family get togethers:rolleyes:. As yet the shed isn't heated so, winter brewing slows big time; bring on some warms so I can get my ass into gear!
 

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FULL BAGS:
1. Mardoo, TF Golden Promise, TF Maris Otter, Wey Pale Wheat, Gladfield German Pilsner, Baird's Pale Malt
2. Camo6, TF Maris Otter, TF Golden Promise, Wey Pils, Gladfields American Ale
3. Malt Junkie, TF Golden Promise, TF Maris Otter,Wey Pils, Wey Vienna
4. Shavey147; BB Ale
5. Schooner_downunder, TF Maris Otter,TF Golden Promise, Wey Pils
6. Razz, Weyermann Bohemian Pils, Weyermann Pale Ale.
7. Technobabble66, Weyermann Bohemian Pils, TF Maris Otter. Gladfields American Ale x2, BB Pale Ale x2.
8. Haciluku, Weyermann Bohemian Pils, BB Pale Malt
9. droid, Weyerman Vienna, Weyerman light Munich, Weyerman Pilsner x 3, Weyerman Wheat (Pale)
10. Nullnvoid, BB ale x 2
11. Peaky, Barrett Burston Ale Malt, Weyermann Light Munich.
12. BrockHops, Weyerman Bohemian Pilsner, TF Golden Promise
13. Secretive Squarehead (via MartinOC): Bairds Heavily Peated (x5), Weyermann Bo-Pils (x3), Weyermann Light Munich, Weyermann Dark Munich.
14. JB, Weyerman Bohemian Pilsner x3
15. mofox1, TF Golden Promise x2, Gladfield American Ale
16. cspencer, Barrett Burston Ale Malt x2
17.Micbrew , 1 x TF Golden Promise , 2 x Gladfield American Ale
18.Bronson, 1x TF Maris Otter ,1 x weyermann Bohemian Pilsner.
19. Mezz94, 1 x Gladfield American Ale, 1 x Gladfield Ale
20. Curly79 1x Gladfield American Ale, 1 x TF Golden promise
21. Timmi9191 1x Weyerman Bohem Pils, 1 x Weyerman light Munich
22. Laxation: 1x BB Pale Malt, 1x TF Golden Promise
23. Stubbie: 1xWeyerman Pilsner, 1 x BB Ale
24. Husky: 1 x TF Maris Otter, 1 x Whey Pilsner, 1 x BB Ale

1/2 BAG SPLITS:
1. Simpsons Imperial 1. Mardoo 2.
2. Wey Munich Dark 1. Malt Junkie 2. Technobabble66 (FULL)
3. BB Caramalt 1. Shavey147, 2.
4. BB Crystal Medium 1.Shavey147, 2. Schooner_downunder (FULL)
5. Weyermann Vienna, 1. Technobabble66, 2. Mardoo (FULL)
6. Weyerman Pale Wheat 1. Nullnvoid 2. JB (FULL)
7. Weyerman Munich (light) 1. Nullnvoid 2. BrockHops (FULL)
8. Weyerman Munich (light) 1. Laxation 2. Husky (FULL)
9. Weyermann Pilsner 1. Laxation 2. [If anyone is after 1/2 a Pilsner but wants a different brand, I don't mind which one - feel free to change it]

5-WAY SPLITS:
1. Simpsons Brown 1. Mardoo 2. Mardoo 3.Malt Junkie 4.micbrew 5.Bronson (FULL)
2. Simpsons Amber 1. Mardoo 2.Malt Junkie 3.Bronson 4. 5.
3. Gladfields Shepherd's Delight 1. Malt Junkie 2. Timmi9191 3. Curly79 4. 5.
4. Weyermann Caramel Wheat 1. Mardoo 2. droid 3. Curly79 4. 5.
5. Gladfield Sour Grapes 1. Mardoo 2.Malt Junkie 3.droid 4.yob 5.razz (FULL)
6. Simpsons Roasted Barley. 1.Malt junkie 2. Shavey147 3. 4. 5.
7. Baird's Torrefied Wheat 1. Mardoo 2. BrockHops 3. 4. 5.
8. Gladfield Supernova 1. Mardoo 2. Laxation 3. 4. 5.
9. Weyermann Melanoidan, 1. Schooner_downunder 2. Technobabble66 3.BrockHops 4. JB 5.Bronson (FULL)
10. Weyermann Wheat (Chocolate), 1. Schooner_downunder 2. 3. 4. 5.
11. Weyermann Cararoma, 1. Schooner_downunder 2. 3. 4. 5.
12. Simpsons Golden Naked OATS, 1. Technobabble66, 2. Haciluku, 3. Mardoo 4. Malt Junkie 5. BrockHops (FULL)
13. Weyerman Munich Dark, 1. Nullnvoid 2. Technobabble66, 3. Timmi9191 4. Husky 5.
14. Simpson Medium Crystal 1. Nullnvoid 2. cspencer 3. cspencer 4.Bronson 5. Technobabble66(FULL)
15. Bairds Oat Malt, 1. Technobabble66, 2. JB 3.Micbrew 4. 5.
16. Weyermann Abbey 1. mofox1 2. mofox1 3. JB 4. 5.
17. Briess Midnight Wheat 1. Madhu 2.Curly79 3.JB 4. 5.
18. Briess Special Roast 1. Madhu 2.Curly79 3. 4. 5.
19. Weyermann Caramunich I 1. Laxation 2. droid 3. Husky 4. 5.
20. Weyermann Vienna 1. Laxation 2.Stubbie 3. 4. 5.
21. Weyermann Rye Malt 1. Laxation 2. 3. 4. 5.
22. Simpsons Aromatic Malt 1. JB 2. 3. 4. 5
 

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Dayum! Just purchased malt at single-batch retail for the first time in a long while. Even more thanks than I felt before are due to Clever Brewing, MartinOC and malt junkie for mounting the bulk buy. HUUUUGE THANKS!!!
 

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FULL BAGS:
1. Mardoo, TF Golden Promise, TF Maris Otter, Wey Pale Wheat, Gladfield German Pilsner, Baird's Pale Malt
2. Camo6, TF Maris Otter, TF Golden Promise, Wey Pils, Gladfields American Ale
3. Malt Junkie, TF Golden Promise, TF Maris Otter,Wey Pils, Wey Vienna
4. Shavey147; BB Ale
5. Schooner_downunder, TF Maris Otter,TF Golden Promise, Wey Pils
6. Razz, Weyermann Bohemian Pils, Weyermann Pale Ale.
7. Technobabble66, Weyermann Bohemian Pils, TF Maris Otter. Gladfields American Ale x2, BB Pale Ale x2.
8. Haciluku, Weyermann Bohemian Pils, BB Pale Malt
9. droid, Weyerman Vienna, Weyerman light Munich, Weyerman Pilsner x 3, Weyerman Wheat (Pale)
10. Nullnvoid, BB ale x 2
11. Peaky, Barrett Burston Ale Malt, Weyermann Light Munich.
12. BrockHops, Weyerman Bohemian Pilsner, TF Golden Promise
13. Secretive Squarehead (via MartinOC): Bairds Heavily Peated (x5), Weyermann Bo-Pils (x3), Weyermann Light Munich, Weyermann Dark Munich.
14. JB, Weyerman Bohemian Pilsner x3
15. mofox1, TF Golden Promise x2, Gladfield American Ale
16. cspencer, Barrett Burston Ale Malt x2
17.Micbrew , 1 x TF Golden Promise , 2 x Gladfield American Ale
18.Bronson, 1x TF Maris Otter ,1 x weyermann Bohemian Pilsner.
19. Mezz94, 1 x Gladfield American Ale, 1 x Gladfield Ale
20. Curly79 1x Gladfield American Ale, 1 x TF Golden promise
21. Timmi9191 1x Weyerman Bohem Pils, 1 x Weyerman light Munich
22. Laxation: 1x BB Pale Malt, 1x TF Golden Promise
23. Stubbie: 1xWeyerman Pilsner, 1 x BB Ale
24. Husky: 1 x TF Maris Otter, 1 x Whey Pilsner, 1 x BB Ale

1/2 BAG SPLITS:
1. Simpsons Imperial 1. Mardoo 2. Peekaboo_jones (FULL)
2. Wey Munich Dark 1. Malt Junkie 2. Technobabble66 (FULL)
3. BB Caramalt 1. Shavey147, 2.
4. BB Crystal Medium 1.Shavey147, 2. Schooner_downunder (FULL)
5. Weyermann Vienna, 1. Technobabble66, 2. Mardoo (FULL)
6. Weyerman Pale Wheat 1. Nullnvoid 2. JB (FULL)
7. Weyerman Munich (light) 1. Nullnvoid 2. BrockHops (FULL)
8. Weyerman Munich (light) 1. Laxation 2. Husky (FULL)
9. Weyermann Pilsner 1. Laxation 2. [If anyone is after 1/2 a Pilsner but wants a different brand, I don't mind which one - feel free to change it]

5-WAY SPLITS:
1. Simpsons Brown 1. Mardoo 2. Mardoo 3.Malt Junkie 4.micbrew 5.Bronson (FULL)
2. Simpsons Amber 1. Mardoo 2.Malt Junkie 3.Bronson 4. 5.
3. Gladfields Shepherd's Delight 1. Malt Junkie 2. Timmi9191 3. Curly79 4. 5.
4. Weyermann Caramel Wheat 1. Mardoo 2. droid 3. Curly79 4. 5.
5. Gladfield Sour Grapes 1. Mardoo 2.Malt Junkie 3.droid 4.yob 5.razz (FULL)
6. Simpsons Roasted Barley. 1.Malt junkie 2. Shavey147 3. 4. 5.
7. Baird's Torrefied Wheat 1. Mardoo 2. BrockHops 3. 4. 5.
8. Gladfield Supernova 1. Mardoo 2. Laxation 3. 4. 5.
9. Weyermann Melanoidan, 1. Schooner_downunder 2. Technobabble66 3.BrockHops 4. JB 5.Bronson (FULL)
10. Weyermann Wheat (Chocolate), 1. Schooner_downunder 2. 3. 4. 5.
11. Weyermann Cararoma, 1. Schooner_downunder 2. 3. 4. 5.
12. Simpsons Golden Naked OATS, 1. Technobabble66, 2. Haciluku, 3. Mardoo 4. Malt Junkie 5. BrockHops (FULL)
13. Weyerman Munich Dark, 1. Nullnvoid 2. Technobabble66, 3. Timmi9191 4. Husky 5.
14. Simpson Medium Crystal 1. Nullnvoid 2. cspencer 3. cspencer 4.Bronson 5. Technobabble66(FULL)
15. Bairds Oat Malt, 1. Technobabble66, 2. JB 3.Micbrew 4. 5.
16. Weyermann Abbey 1. mofox1 2. mofox1 3. JB 4. Peekaboo_jones 5.
17. Briess Midnight Wheat 1. Madhu 2.Curly79 3.JB 4. 5.
18. Briess Special Roast 1. Madhu 2.Curly79 3. 4. 5.
19. Weyermann Caramunich I 1. Laxation 2. droid 3. Husky 4. 5.
20. Weyermann Vienna 1. Laxation 2.Stubbie 3. 4. 5.
21. Weyermann Rye Malt 1. Laxation 2. 3. 4. 5.
22. Simpsons Aromatic Malt 1. JB 2. 3. 4. 5

Edit: peekaboo_Jones full bags removed. TBC
 
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Some advice would be greatly appreciated for this novice brewer (2 completed brew days)

Thinking I should get a bag of base malt or so and then some more specialty malts.

Will be looking at brewing Pale Ales/Amber Ales

My thoughts were going to be:
Base bag full (TF Golden Promise seems popular)
Crystal bag 1/5
??? 1/5

Probably planning 10 brews a year

PM would be great

And thanks
 
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Some advice would be greatly appreciated for this novice brewer (2 completed brew days)

Thinking I should get a bag of base malt or so and then some more specialty malts.

Will be looking at brewing Pale Ales/Amber Ales

My thoughts were going to be:
Base bag full (TF Golden Promise seems popular)
Crystal bag 1/5
??? 1/5

Probably planning 10 brews a year

PM would be great

And thanks
For a start out 1 x base, 1/5 x chrystal and maybe 1/5 wheat, should knock out 6 or 7 pale/amber and a wheat.
 

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Yep, get the TF GP or Maris Otter.
GP might be better for pales, MO might be better for Ambers. But either are very good and would work well in both, really. Another option for quality base malt is Gladfields American Ale. I believe it's a bit lighter and "cleaner" in flavour. Again, should be ideal for pales but IMO less ideal for Ambers (but still fairly good).
I'd maybe get a 5th of a Med Crystal.
The other 5th I'd get is either Munich &/or a biscuit/Amber/victory.

Depends how "clean" you want your flavours. If you like a deep maltiness I think Munich would be great, using a little or a lot. If you like a cleaner set of flavours just get one of the other 3, they'll add a slight toasty maltiness with ~5% of the grist.

If you're new to this, maybe consider just getting the base and buying regular retail 1kg bags of the spec malts. When you're using 250g med Crystal in a batch, it might take a very very long time to get through 5kgs of it. OTOH, Munich you might use 0.5-2kgs at a time, so I think 5kg of that is worthwhile. But also depends on if it does what you like in a beer [emoji57]

Hope that helps. I speak from going crazy at my first bulk buy after brewing a couple of AG beers. I still have ~3kg lots in bags of some of the spec malts (~4 years ago!).
Fwiw, as a general rule, the darker it is, the less you use in a batch (unless you brew a lot of stouts etc).
 
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On that note..........

Whilst this is a BULK buy, I see no reason that folks can't negotiate (on the side - with each other on the day) to sub-split the darker/spec. stuff from a 5-way split down to smaller amounts. I'm sure my alter-ego will be far too busy doing other things to notice cash-deals between friends. :cool:

As long as it's not done in this thread (ie. via PM's between participants &/or on the day), what the eye don't see, the heart don't grieve......;)

BTW, I've noticed that the BB Caramalt 5-way is slow to fill. CB used to stock BB Caramalt as the "standard", but moved to Simpson's stuff (the boss listens to sage advice:)) & it's head & shoulders above the BB stuff. DEFINITELY worth jumping-on, despite the higher price.

DEFINITELY.....
 

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Interested to hear what the Clever Brewing Bloke has to say about BB base malts. Ive never been able to buy them down here in bulk even though they have a malt house in Burnley. I'm going to get some anyway for some crowd pleasers, just noticed that there is not much info on their own website about flavours, only specs. Although maybe thats a sign that its self explanatory.
 

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And on that note @shavey147 to help close out the roast are you adverse to switching to the Briess Special Roast, again probably a shade above the simpsons offering.
 

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Interested to hear what the Clever Brewing Bloke has to say about BB base malts. Ive never been able to buy them down here in bulk even though they have a malt house in Burnley. I'm going to get some anyway for some crowd pleasers, just noticed that there is not much info on their own website about flavours, only specs. Although maybe thats a sign that its self explanatory.
Me too. I may change my BB Vienna and wheat to something else. TBC...
 

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Yep, get the TF GP or Maris Otter.
GP might be better for pales, MO might be better for Ambers. But either are very good and would work well in both, really. Another option for quality base malt is Gladfields American Ale. I believe it's a bit lighter and "cleaner" in flavour. Again, should be ideal for pales but IMO less ideal for Ambers (but still fairly good).
I'd maybe get a 5th of a Med Crystal.
The other 5th I'd get is either Munich &/or a biscuit/Amber/victory.

Depends how "clean" you want your flavours. If you like a deep maltiness I think Munich would be great, using a little or a lot. If you like a cleaner set of flavours just get one of the other 3, they'll add a slight toasty maltiness with ~5% of the grist.

If you're new to this, maybe consider just getting the base and buying regular retail 1kg bags of the spec malts. When you're using 250g med Crystal in a batch, it might take a very very long time to get through 5kgs of it. OTOH, Munich you might use 0.5-2kgs at a time, so I think 5kg of that is worthwhile. But also depends on if it does what you like in a beer [emoji57]

Hope that helps. I speak from going crazy at my first bulk buy after brewing a couple of AG beers. I still have ~3kg lots in bags of some of the spec malts (~4 years ago!).
Fwiw, as a general rule, the darker it is, the less you use in a batch (unless you brew a lot of stouts etc).
Yeah thanks so much
 

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Interested to hear what the Clever Brewing Bloke has to say about BB base malts. Ive never been able to buy them down here in bulk even though they have a malt house in Burnley. I'm going to get some anyway for some crowd pleasers, just noticed that there is not much info on their own website about flavours, only specs. Although maybe thats a sign that its self explanatory.
I don't remember replying/commenting as Clever Brewing Bloke (or maybe I've just had a few too many bevvies?)

I wouldn't call Simpson's Caramalt a "Base", more like a Crystal/Caramel. Either way, it tastes magnificent straight out of the bag. I'll be using it for my next batch of "Come & get me like a bitch-**** sex-machine" (Caledonian Porter from hell) instead of a mix of light & dark crystal.
 

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Sorry, mis-read your post.

BB base malts are fine, 'though not my personal choice. MUCH better than JW stuff, which is variable. For domestic malt, you're going to be at the mercy of the local growing conditions & they're going to be higher in protein (but we all know that anyway).

I've heard good things about it, but the only way to know is to brew your house standard & do a taste-test.
 
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