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Title: Best Malt Brands
Post by: santosdiablos on June 30, 2015, 06:12:08 PM
Greetings!

According to your previous experience, what do you guys think are the best quality malt brands? Starting from the best, and the relation quality/price.

Best Regards,

Dave
Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: denny on June 30, 2015, 06:26:56 PM
Remember, this is objective....no, it's not...it's subjective!

domestic pale malt - Rahr 2 row pale
domestic Munich malt - Great Western
domestic rye malt - Briess
continental pils and Munich - Best Malz
Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: brewinhard on June 30, 2015, 06:52:56 PM
Dingemann's - Belgian Pilsner malt (belgian styles)
Weyermann - German Pilsner malt (german styles)

Lots of other great malts out there, but these two I use most frequently. 
Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: Steve Ruch on June 30, 2015, 07:00:25 PM
domestic pale malt - Rahr 2 row pale

Is that their actual 2-row or their pale ale malt? Or both?
Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: denny on June 30, 2015, 07:08:23 PM
domestic pale malt - Rahr 2 row pale

Is that their actual 2-row or their pale ale malt? Or both?

It's the pale, not the pale ale.  Just a bit lighter color.
Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: chumley on June 30, 2015, 07:28:48 PM
I have gone through 3 sacks of Avangard pilsner malt over the past year or so, and am loving it....the flavor and the price.
Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: AmandaK on June 30, 2015, 07:42:23 PM
I have gone through 3 sacks of Avangard pilsner malt over the past year or so, and am loving it....the flavor and the price.

I went through one for my LHBS as a tester. It was alright, but I'm not looking for "alright". To each their own!  8)

What's in my bins now-->
Belgian Pilsner: Dingemann's
German Pilsner: Best
German Munich: Best
German Dark Munich: Best
Maris Otter: I've been using Bairds for 3-4 sacks now, but may try out Thomas Fawcett on the next sack.
Standard 2-row: Rahr

I don't too much worry about price. Buying in bulk affords me that luxury since the difference (in my area) between a crappy sack and a great sack is ~$10. $10 spread over 3-5 batches is inconsequential to me.
Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: hopfenundmalz on June 30, 2015, 07:50:59 PM
There are some good ones.

It is important to brew with one until you have it dialed in on your system. If the supply changes, your beers will change. I can't find Durst Pils locally anymore. Weyermann is good, I like Avangard a little better, and now have a bag of Best Pils to try.

Crisp Maris Otter for most British beer styles, but I also really like Simpsons Golden Promise.

Briess 6-row for CAPs and historic beers. They stopped making it.   :(  So I need to find the Rahr or Great Western 6 row, or just try using a 2 row and see how that works.

Trivia - Avangard malts are from Germany, but are owned by the Russian Avangard Bank. The name didn't look very German, so I looked it up and found the ownership relation.
Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: klickitat jim on June 30, 2015, 07:56:39 PM
Best Malz here too. And I was using the LHBS Vienna but was getting a honey note from it. Found out he was stocking Gambrinus Vienna, so I made him order some Best Vienna.
Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: reverseapachemaster on June 30, 2015, 09:22:53 PM
Best Malz here too. And I was using the LHBS Vienna but was getting a honey note from it. Found out he was stocking Gambrinus Vienna, so I made him order some Best Vienna.

You know it's the best because it's right in the name.
Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: tommymorris on June 30, 2015, 11:36:08 PM

Remember, this is objective....

domestic pale malt - Rahr 2 row pale
domestic Munich malt - Great Western
domestic rye malt - Briess
continental pils and Munich - Best Malz
Objective or subjective?
Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: narvin on June 30, 2015, 11:51:03 PM
Dingemann's - Belgian Pilsner malt (belgian styles)
Weyermann - German Pilsner malt (german styles)

Lots of other great malts out there, but these two I use most frequently.

For the price, MFB (Franco Belges) Pilsner is great and I personally can't really tell the difference from Dingemanns.  Also Great Western 2 row for American styles.  These are both distributed by North Country so you may or may not see them locally.
Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: Frankenbrew on July 01, 2015, 12:10:23 AM
For me (so, it's subjective) it's Weyermann pilsner, Crisp Pale, Great Western white wheat, and Weyermann Munich. All widely available, economical, and high quality. Along with a variety of specialty malts and grains, mostly British, I make almost all styles of beer and am very happy with the results.
Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: narcout on July 01, 2015, 03:02:42 AM
I've had good results with Castle (Belgian Pils).  I also like Simpsons for crystal malts.
Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: euge on July 01, 2015, 11:52:44 AM
These days I buy pilsner malt almost exclusively and have found Weyermann's performance very satisfactory.

Dingemann's Pale Malt is another favorite.

Briess 2-row...
Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: majorvices on July 01, 2015, 12:36:06 PM
I buy Best Malz for Pils, Wheat, Vienna and Munich I and II. Thomas Fawcett for English varieties, specifically Maris Otter, Golden Promise, Rye Malt and crystal caramel malts and roasted varieties like Chocolate Malt and Roasted Barley. For American styles I like Briess Pale Ale malt, they also make nice crytsal/caramel malts.
Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: morticaixavier on July 01, 2015, 01:43:03 PM
I'm stubbornly organic so I use weyermann for continental styles, either Great Western or Gambrinus for American styles, and I just suck it up on british styles because there is usually one or no options of MO.

Lately I've been focusing on locally grown/malted barley whenever possible. Jury is still out on Petersons Quality Malt out of Monkton VT but it's pretty good. perhaps a bit neutral.
Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: coolman26 on July 01, 2015, 02:09:27 PM
I like Best Malz for Pils, Vienna and Munich I and II. I like Thomas Fawcett Maris Otter, and love Golden Promise. For American styles I like Rahr as my base 2 Row.  I would like to try some Great Western and Cargill.  I can't get any near me.  I've not had good luck with Briess, but all the breweries around me use it.  I just finished two sacks of Weyermann Bohemian Pils malt.  We will see when the beers finish what I think.  I picked up a sack of Rahr Premium Pils.  Hope it is as nice as their 2 Row.   




Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: dbarber on July 01, 2015, 02:11:45 PM
Right now in my bins I have Weyermann dark Munich, Best pilsner, Great Western 2-row and Crisp Maris Otter.  I've also used Franco Belges pilsner a lot when making Belgian beers, great malt.
Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: denny on July 01, 2015, 03:18:49 PM

Remember, this is objective....

domestic pale malt - Rahr 2 row pale
domestic Munich malt - Great Western
domestic rye malt - Briess
continental pils and Munich - Best Malz
Objective or subjective?

DOH!  Subjective!
Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: S. cerevisiae on July 01, 2015, 04:19:16 PM
Base Malt

British:  Thomas Fawcett Pearl
Continental:  Avangard Pils (very close to Durst, but my LHBS does not stock Durst)
American 2-Row: Anything but Briess (I currently use Rahr, but used to use Schreier before the Cargill takeover)

Crystal/Caramel

I do not use much in the way of caramelized malt, but when I do, here's what I use:

CaraPils:  Briess
Caramel 8:  Avangard  (this stuff is fantastic in blonde/golden ale and pale lagers)
Caramel 60: MFB

Specialty Malts:

Dark Munich:  Avangard
Pale Chocolate: Thomas Fawcett
Roasted Barley: Thomas Fawcett
Rye Malt:  Thomas Fawcett
Wheat Malt: Briess (but there has to be something better)

Unmalted Grains:

Flaked Maize:  Briess
Torrified Wheat: Briess (would prefer UK)
Roasted Barley: Thomas Fawcett
Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: Rhoobarb on July 01, 2015, 07:45:46 PM
Best for Pils, Vienna or Munich
Fawcett or Crisp for Maris Otter or Golden Promise
Rahr domestic 2 Row
For my Cream Ale, CAP or any recipe that calls for a corn adjunct, I go with Nora Mill "Georgia Ice Cream" grits and a cereal mash. Worth the effort, IMO.  I will never go back to flaked maize again. http://shop.noramill.com/White-Grits-5-lb-cloth-bag-WG-5.htm

 
Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: HoosierBrew on July 01, 2015, 07:58:42 PM
Euro base -  - Dingemanns pils and pale, Best or Avangard, Crisp MO (style dependent)
US 2 row - Rahr preferably, Briess in  a pinch
Munich - Best I and II, Avangard in a pinch
Wheat - Avangard or Briess
Roasted - Muntons chocolate and roasted barley, Crisp pale chocolate
Crystal - Simpson, Briess

Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: wobdee on July 02, 2015, 02:29:41 PM
I'm liking my Best Pils malt for all my Lagers along with their Dark Munich and Red X.
Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: hopfenundmalz on July 02, 2015, 04:38:07 PM
The LHBS carries Malteurop 2 row. This is a NA 2-row that is made in the old ADM maltings that Malteurop purchased. Can't beat the price, those that have used it like it. I have a bag to use.

http://www.homebrewing.org/2-Row-Malteurop-50-lbs-_p_4850.html
Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: BrewArk on July 02, 2015, 05:28:09 PM
I've had good results with Castle (Belgian Pils).  I also like Simpsons for crystal malts.
The sack of this I bought was full of chaff.  I felt the need to winnow it before using.  I took a box fan and poured the grain through the breeze.  It didn't seem right to buy so much imported material that ended up straight in the compost.  Perhaps I got the bottom of the grain elevator, but I've been afraid to buy another.

(my beer was fine)
Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: 69franx on July 29, 2015, 06:57:16 PM
Slowly making my way through all the posts and topics I missed while on our RV trip earlier this month. So I know this is late but here is my .02:

My bins are stocked right now with:
    Crisp MO: 1st sack, no previous exp with MO, but have loved the 2 brews I used it in
    Weyerman Munich I&II: I like what they bring compared to the domestic (likely Briess that I used before buying these)
    Avangard Pilsner: just picked up my second sack, been very happy with it
    Rahr 2 row: also just picked up 2nd sack of this. Have not been able to pick out differences between this and Briess(my first sack of 2 row)

I am still new enough to just be playing around with whatever style interests me and have not duplicated many recipes, so again, this is just what I have on hand after hearing so many suggestions here over the last 2 years
Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: Derek on July 29, 2015, 09:12:15 PM
My local stores carry Briess, Dingeman and Weyermann so that pretty much all I use.
Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: beersk on July 30, 2015, 02:07:14 PM
I'm all about Best Malz - Heidelberg, Pilsner, Munich, Vienna, and Wheat. For 2-row, Rahr is fantastic malt. I have a sack of Great Western 2-row that I've yet to use.
Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: stevecrawshaw on July 30, 2015, 08:39:26 PM
Warminster Maris Otter Pale. The maltings is about 40 miles from me and the malt is still turned by hand. You can't beat it for English ales. Our club buys in bulk through a local brewer. They also do munich, lager and roasted malts but not pilsner.

http://www.warminster-malt.co.uk/video-gallery/ (http://www.warminster-malt.co.uk/video-gallery/)

cheers
steve
Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: hopfenundmalz on July 31, 2015, 04:02:30 PM
Warminster Maris Otter Pale. The maltings is about 40 miles from me and the malt is still turned by hand. You can't beat it for English ales. Our club buys in bulk through a local brewer. They also do munich, lager and roasted malts but not pilsner.

http://www.warminster-malt.co.uk/video-gallery/ (http://www.warminster-malt.co.uk/video-gallery/)

cheers
steve
That is a fine malt for British beers, but it was expensive the time I used it. How does it compare with other British malts you can find.

Title: Re: Best Malt Brands
Post by: stpug on August 01, 2015, 03:11:58 PM
On the flip-side, the WORST malt I've used is:
Avangard Pale Ale Malt - tangy, sweet finish, dark like munich but not bready, strange really

(strange because I really like their pils and light munich malts)