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Title: Briess Pilsen Malt
Post by: Mark G on October 01, 2010, 05:20:09 pm
Has anyone tried this as a base malt? How does it compare to German or Belgian pilsner malts? My LHBS sells it for $44 per sack, compared to Weyermann Pilsner for $63 per sack.
Title: Re: Briess Pilsen Malt
Post by: majorvices on October 01, 2010, 09:16:20 pm
Bries pils is a bit one dimensional. Its a hard to beat the quality of a good German pils malt. That said, Rahr about matches it.
Title: Re: Briess Pilsen Malt
Post by: redbeerman on October 02, 2010, 07:15:07 am
I have found Best or MFB to be a bit better than Weyermann.  I don't care for domestic pils malts that much, pretty much agree with Keith on that point.
Title: Re: Briess Pilsen Malt
Post by: uthristy on October 02, 2010, 02:56:35 pm
1st choice> Castle Pilsen (55 lbs.) $59.99

2nd > Dingemans Pilsen (55lbs) $67.95






3rd > Weyermann Pilsner (55lbs) $67.95







wayy down at the bottom is > Briess Pilsner $44.96
Yes those prices suck but I have little choice  :(
Title: Re: Briess Pilsen Malt
Post by: Mark G on October 03, 2010, 06:36:03 am
Well, most of my upcoming brews where I'm using pilsner malt, it will be 80+% of the grain bill, so I'll invest in the Weyermann. I prefer the Castle too, but I can't ever find it locally. Thanks for everyone's replies. Maybe one day I'll do some side-by-side brews with the Briess vs. others to get a comparison.
Title: Re: Briess Pilsen Malt
Post by: Malticulous on October 03, 2010, 08:15:43 am
I've used it in cream ales and hefeweizens and I think it worked fine.
Title: Re: Briess Pilsen Malt
Post by: gordonstrong on October 03, 2010, 08:39:07 am
Briess pils versus continental pils malt is like comparing their 2-row to Maris Otter or their Bonlander to continental Munich.  It's not going to give you the same flavor, so I'd skip them for German/Belgian styles.  They're perfectly fine for American style beers that don't have a big malt flavor.  In fact, if you're trying to go for a brewpub flavor in some of your beers, then you're better off sticking with the domestic malts.  As much as I like continental malts, if you use too much in something like an American Pale Ale, it won't really taste right.

I've used Durst pils for years, but also have used Best and Dingeman.  I think the German malts are a little cleaner-tasting than the Belgian ones, but that was back when I was using DWC, which could be a bit fruity-tasting.  Fine in Belgians, but a little too much for Germans.  Most Belgian breweries I visited were using Dingeman, so I'd pick that for Belgian styles every time.

In general, matching the country of origin of the style with the country of the maltster gives good results.
Title: Re: Briess Pilsen Malt
Post by: bluesman on October 03, 2010, 11:23:50 am
I've used Briess Pils and like it, but I prefer Wyermann, Dingemanns and Best over the American grown Briess variety.
I think the continental Pils varieties are a bit cleaner and the grains are larger in size as compared to Briess Pils.

I agree with Gordon's statement in regards to matching a country of origin of the style with the country of the maltster to acheive good results.
Title: Re: Briess Pilsen Malt
Post by: chezteth on October 03, 2010, 12:40:16 pm
I also agree with Gordon.  I have used Briess pilsen malt for a Classic American Pilsner and it worked fine.  I tend to prefer continental malts for German/Belgian brews as well.
Title: Re: Briess Pilsen Malt
Post by: hopfenundmalz on October 03, 2010, 04:10:26 pm
I also agree with Gordon.  I have used Briess pilsen malt for a Classic American Pilsner and it worked fine.  I tend to prefer continental malts for German/Belgian brews as well.

The best CAP's I have had were made with 6-row.  Mr Renner should weigh in on that.

I have used Durst Pils with good results for German Pils and other styles.
Title: Re: Briess Pilsen Malt
Post by: chezteth on October 03, 2010, 06:07:05 pm

The best CAP's I have had were made with 6-row.  Mr Renner should weigh in on that.


I'll have to remember that for the next time I make a CAP.  :)
Title: Re: Briess Pilsen Malt
Post by: hopfenundmalz on October 03, 2010, 06:17:50 pm
The best CAP's I have had were made with 6-row.  Mr Renner should weigh in on that.
I'll have to remember that for the next time I make a CAP.  :)

Here is one of Jeff Renner's articles.  He is currently using the WLP-833 German Bock yeast.

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/attachments/0000/1298/SOzym00-Pilsner.pdf