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Bulk Domestic Base Malts



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Purchase full sacks of these premium base malts from US based maltsters to save on the staple grains that drive your brews to perfection. These malts are capable of self conversion and can be used to make up 100% of a grist, or in smaller proportions to add character for unique beer styles. From domestic Munich and Vienna type malts, to wheat and rye malts - our wide selection ensures you can find the right malt for any beer style.

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Base malts make up the majority of the grist in all-grain beer. This group includes pale malt, Pilsner malt, Vienna malt, Munich malt, Mild ale malt, and more; there are also non-barley base malts like wheat malt and rye malt.

Base malts can be named based on the formation of corns on the barley stalk (2-row vs. 6-row), the barley variety (e.g., Maris Otter, Golden Promise, etc), or the region in which the barley was grown or malted (America, England, Moravia, etc).

American base malt is generally mild and fairly neutral; British malts tend to be maltier, bready, and biscuit-like. The European climate gives malts made from Continental barley a clean, “elegant” character. Pilsner malt has a soft, delicate maltiness that practically defines pale lagers. “High-kilned” (heated to a higher temperature at the end of the malting process) base malts are responsible for the dark, malty lagers of Europe and have found a home in many ales because of their unique character. Munich and Vienna malts are the prime examples of high-kilned malts, although mild ale malt belongs to this category too. The darker color lends these malts a more toasty, malty flavor than you get from lighter base malts.

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Rahr is good
Can't bet the price or quality. Many like Briess more, and if you order from anywhere else( you may want a psych eval ), you will pay 20 dollars more for Rahr and at an equal price for Briess. Rahr is only cheaper here in happy beer land!
October 2, 2015
Briess 50lb 2 row brewers malt
Satisfied with the shipping. Box was big enough to hold the bag. Box was pretty beat up when it arrived, but no holes or tears in the Briess bag. This amount will last a while. I recommend storing in a resealable bin. Grain was whole in normal condition. Would recommend this product, and would buy again.
May 16, 2016
Rahr - The best US 2-row!
8 yrs ago when I started homebrewing Rahr brand basemalt was substantially cheaper than Briess so I gravitated to it and used both. I would soon find out thought that I much preferred Rahr thanks to it's slight floral impact upon the flavor of the final beer. Sadly now though Rahr is one of the more expensive US 2-row brands you can purchase, particularly in bulk. I highly suggest buying in bulk period, especially base malts, to anyone that is going to all-grain brew more than 50 gallons of beer from any brewing region. Example, US ales = 2-row, British ales = Maris Otter, German - Pilsner, etc. Buy it, it's good for 6+ months!
September 30, 2015
Response from Northern Brewer
Thanks for the review!
November 21, 2016
Northern Brewer
Bulk malts
Even with shipping this is the best value for the money.
March 25, 2016
Excellent Customer Serv ice
Easy to navigate website and great customer service was my experience with Northern Brewer.
September 30, 2015
Bulk malt
Great value - the results were great so far - assuming my last batches are if the same quality I'll definatley go with bulk again
October 8, 2015
great thanks
great thanks
October 4, 2015
Great price fast shipping
Although its a pain to lug in a box holding 50 lbs of grain it is much less expensive. The smell of freshly crushed grain is great too.
November 20, 2015
Always great timely service
AS expected, great products, prices and service.
January 11, 2016
awesome malt
I brewed, I liked, I drank. I loved!
October 5, 2015
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What size (lbs) are these malts?
A shopper on Aug 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: 50 ... it's on the pic of the bag
What are typical shipping costs to Ohio?
Eric C on Jan 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello Eric,

Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! I chose a zip out of Cincinnati to calculate the shipping estimate for shipping 1 bag of bulk grains. This might differ a bit depending on which portion of Ohio you live in.

I Can Wait Saver (Arrives between 01/21/16 - 01/25/16) = $22.47

Need It Now Ground (Arrives by: 01/20/16) = $27.19

UPS Next Day Air (Arrives by: 01/19/16) = $241.54

I hope that this helps! Have a great day!
Is this 2 row malt?
D A on Dec 31, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The bulk domestic base malts can include two row, primarily the rahr or briess, but can also be pale malt which is basically two row with a darker lovibond. As far as I understand the new malts are modified so that you don't have to worry about changing your sparge/mash technique ( 6 row) like in years past. Hope this helps.
Is it milled?
N B on Oct 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No. Most local HBS will do it for you though.
Can you mill this grain for me?
A shopper on Aug 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The bulk grains do not come milled. Depending on The batch size you brew, and how often, it might be worth buying grains in bulk and milling it yourself.
Can you post a Malt analysis for the Rahr 2-row and the Briess 2-row. It would be very informative!
W A on Apr 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Link for briess brewer's malt:


This is all info provided for rahr 2-row:

Color L 1.7 - 2.0

Protein Total 11.5  0.5

Moisture % Max 4.0

Extract FG Min 80.0

Usage Rate Up to 100%

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