I’ve finally reached the point in my brewing that I am ready to start buying grains in bulk. Since I live within driving distance to our host’s stores in the Twin Cities (though not all that close), I was thinking of picking up several sacks of base grain while in town in a few weeks. The plan would be to have several base grains on hand at home and then order yeast, hops and specialty grains as needed through the mail. I thought of going with a sack of:
Warminster Floor-Malted Maris Otter for my English and Irish beers (mainly Bitters, Stouts, Porters and Irish and Scotch Ales). Maybe I should pick up some Golden Promise for the Scottish ales?
Rahr 2-Row for the American beers (mainly Cali Commons and Cream Ales - for better or worse, I’m not really an IPA guy, although I do enjoy the occasional Two Hearterd Ale).
Weyermann German Pils for my German brews. Concerning the German beers, should I go with German Pilsner or Bohemian? I mainly brew Helles, Kolschs and Bocks – would one be preferable to the other?
Any other thoughts/considerations on moving into the bulk-buying realm would be appreciated before I plunk down my pennies…