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What's the difference between 2-row and 6-row malt?

And why should I care?

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I voted to close. –  Matt Utley Nov 16 '10 at 20:46
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Don't close, this is an interesting question that I'd like to see answered too. And it's not a dupe, the original question explained the difference as an effect on brewing, now how it actually got its name. –  PMV Nov 16 '10 at 20:58
    
Vote to reopen. –  PMV Nov 17 '10 at 18:33
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I had to dig quickly in case this votes to close (why?), but here's your answer:

Why is 2-Row more plump, generally, than 6-Row? The two types of malting barley get their name from the way the kernels grow on the stalk. Two rows of kernels grow on a 2-Row stalk and six rows of kernels grow on a 6-Row stalk. The 2-row kernels simply have more room. The picture at the top shows the size of the two types in relation to each other.

Source: http://www.brewingwithbriess.com/Malting101/The_Row_Less_Traveled.htm

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