Bulk Malt Blend

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    Has anyone tried blending 2-row and Maris Otter? If so, at what % of the grist is MO noticeable? I'm considering consolidating some bulk grains into one container that would leave me at roughly 90% 2-row:10% MO. I'm wondering if the MO will just be lost or if it could add a nice little malty backbone to the 2-row.
     
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    I blended Crisp MO with Wyermann Barke Pilsner and Rahr Premium pilsner, I think the ratio was something close to even among all malts for a German pilsner. The beer turned out very nice and I got 2 silver medals with it, but I thought the Maris Otter came through as somewhat sweet, bready like and the beer lack the grainy cracker I have gotten with straight up Wyermann Pilsner malt.

    I blend malt all the time and it changes depending on the beer I'm making. If I were to do that Pilsner again, I would back the Maris Otter off a bit, or maybe drop it altogether. That same beer with a Bohemian Pilsner malt won like 3 golds for me and I thought it was a better beer. Then again if I'm brewing for myself and I want that breadiness in a beer, I would leave it around 30%.

    I don't think the 10% MO would get lost in some beers (lighter beers) but in heaver, darker beers I think it would not be very noticeable. Can you buy them in bulk and keep them separate? That way you can experiment with blends with different beers.
     
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    I've already got them in bulk and separate, but was going to free up a container for some other grain by just mixing the two in one container. It would likely just be for some easy drinking pale ales, cream ales, and the like so I may end up trying this. Thanks for the feedback!
     
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    You can't go wrong with that blend, it will just add a bit of bread character. Nice work.
     
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    You'll only run the risk of not having the same ratio every time you brew. If you worked at it you can mix them well and assume that there's a pretty uniform mix, but you'll never know precisely what you're brewing with. Not going to hurt anything, though. ;)
     
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