After using many different base malts like CMC 2-Row, MaltEurop and some others, I concluded that I liked Rahr Pale Ale malt for things like pale ales, ambers, blondes, reds and even British styles. It had a deep, rich character and it was always consistent. I am just finishing a 50-lb sack of it and I feel like my recent ales have been on the 'flat' side. Chils mentioned this happening with some pilsner malts in the past where the finished beer is just "thin-tasting" and sort of "dirty". My processes are the same and my lagers lately have been great so I'm [carefully] blaming this particular sack of malt. I have an additional 10-lb bag of Rahr Pale Ale malt which might be just fine and I also have a 10-lb bag of Munton's Maris Otter, then I'll be out of ale base malt. Do you guys have a go-to that you keep on hand as a 'general-use' ale base malt? What is really strange is that the 2nd to the last batch I made (a Glacier pale ale) had a very quick-dissipating head on it. My most recent batch (Signature Ale) is the same way. The head on it is like a Coke... bubbly and thin and quick-to-fall which is very unusual for me. Not sure if I can blame that on the Rahr or not but it's not the glass and it's been 2 batches and my lagers are fine.
Ps. Where is Chils?