Closeup of Ground 2-row Malt

2-Row Pale Malt


This all-purpose base malt is made from the European barley subspecies. The grains on European barley grow along two opposite sides of the barley stalk. When viewed from the top, the grains of barley form two rows. 2-row pale malt is one of the lightest and most neutrally flavored malts available. It produces a light straw color and little flavor beyond malt sweetness.

It can be used as a large portion of the grain bill in nearly any style of beer. Although a less modified base malt like Pilsner malt is more traditional for some German and Belgian beers. 2-row pale yields a large quantity of fermentables per pound and has a high concentration of mashing enzymes. Pale malt from the American 6-row barley subspecies is traditional for some American styles. 6-row pale malt has slightly more mashing enzymes and protein than 2-row pale malt.

Beer Styles

Good base malt for any beer style particularly British or American styles. Could be used for all or nearly all of the grist in pale ales: English bitter, English pale ale, American pale ale, and Scottish pale ale. Could feature prominently in all IPA sub-styles: English IPA, American IPA, and Imperial IPA.

Malt Analysis

Extract Potential 1.037
Color (°L) 1.8
DPLin) 140
Protein (%) 11.5

Statistical values aggregated from [1] and [2].


  1. ^ "Grains and Adjuncts Chart." Brew Your Own. Retrieved 2013-06-07.
  2. ^ Briess Malt and Ingredient Co. Retrieved 2013-06-07.