I recently picked up my bag of Valley Malt 2-row and decided a nice SMASH (Single Malt and Single Hop) Pale Ale was just the thing to lead off with and to really get a feel for the malt and the wort it will produce. In the chew it has a nice biscuit/bready quality with some sweetness.
I ran off about 8 gallons of wort from 14lbs of grain for a starting gravity of 1.057. The wort produced is much darker then that produced with other 2-row/pale malts out there. I'd guess about 7L without doing a proper test. It has a prominent sweetness with a nice biscuit/bready flavor and an earthiness to it that is hard to describe.
I choose to use Calypso hops in this SMASH as I wanted to see how they would do with a hop burst and felt they would mesh well with the Valley Malt's 2-Row Flavors. The final wort tasted fantastic and with a dry hop addition should make a great beer.
One other thing worth mentioning is that a short protein rest is recommended when using this malt. I have experimented a few times and find the wort produced with a protein rest produce a more refined finished product.
Title: SMASH I
Style: 10-A American Pale Ale
Batch Size: 6.0 gal
Original Gravity: 1.057
14.0 lb Pale Ale Malt
.5 oz Calypso (12.8%) - added during boil, boiled 15 min
.5 oz Calypso (12.8%) - added during boil, boiled 10 min
.5 oz Calypso (12.8%) - added during boil, boiled 5 min
2 oz Calypso (12.8%) - added during boil, boiled 1.0 min
Dry Hop 1.0 oz in secondary.
Mash @ 155*F for 1hr
* Nicholas Gagnon is assistant maltster at Valley Malt