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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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The grain worked well plan on buying more in future hope the shipping gets a little cheaper
January 30, 2018
3 months ago
Great all around base grain
I did a side by side with this and another grain that is $10 less at my LHBS per 55lb sack in a blonde ale. Both were good but the Rhar had bit more malt to it.
January 17, 2018
4 months ago
No problems.
Worked as intended. Shipping was expensive, but still came out cheaper than the LHBS.
December 18, 2017
5 months ago
The box was destroyed when it was delivered. Bag was fine.
November 27, 2017
5 months ago
Great shipping.The box was a little roughed up from transit, but the grain bag itself held with no problem. Good Product
August 18, 2017
9 months ago
Got it at a great price
I like buying my base grains in bulk. Northern Brewer had this at a great price and I believe I got it with free shipping. Brewed an imperial IPA last weekend! Cheers!
August 10, 2017
11 months ago
80% efficiency using my gear!!! Use this stuff in all my brews as a base
April 20, 2017
1 year ago
Very versatile and affordable base malt. Works for any recipe from stout to pale ale and anything in between.
April 18, 2017
1 year ago
The malts are great only problem is tacking on two-thirds of the cost for shipping. At the end of the day i can get the same grains for less at the local brew store without the wait.
March 31, 2017
1 year ago
Good base malt.
This is my second bag of Rahr two row malt.
It gives me plenty of enzymes and very good efficiency for my BIAB system. Packaging is good I only gave it four stars because NB should run a grain sale from time to time.
March 13, 2017
1 year ago
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I'm going to ask a stupid question. Your bulk "Domestic Base Malts" are not extracts but all whole grain that haven't been milled, correct? Thanks.
A shopper on Mar 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: When you get the bag it contains whole unmilled grain, to go this option you will need a grain mill of some kind.
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%
Are these bulk grain bags available in the store so I could pick them up when I come to town?
A shopper on Nov 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Retail stores do offer the full range of malts we carry if they do not have the sack in stock that you are looking for they can get that order into the store for you at no additional cost.

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