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Title: +1 to Cargill Malt
Post by: babalu87 on November 27, 2009, 07:34:20 PM
They were a sponsor for a category in a local beer competition.
To my surprise I got a letter saying Congratulations for winning the Light/Hybrid category and it came with an ID number plus a phone number.
The certificate was good for a free bag of malt, my choosing!

Pretty damn cool prize, it arrived this week.

Now I have 55lbs of Munich to use up  8)
Title: Re: +1 to Cargill Malt
Post by: hamiltont on November 27, 2009, 07:36:16 PM
SWEET!!!! ;)
Title: Re: +1 to Cargill Malt
Post by: blatz on November 27, 2009, 09:30:17 PM
Yeah - its pretty cool - I got one earlier this year - went with German Pilsner Malt.  It was pretty good though not as good as Best.

But the price was much better!


Title: Re: +1 to Cargill Malt
Post by: crabber on November 28, 2009, 02:33:31 AM
I have ten gallons of late-season O-fest made with Cargill Munich lagering right now.  The jury's still out.  I've used both the Pils and Munich from Cargill and everything's been uninteresting so far, though I still have quite a bit left.
Title: Re: +1 to Cargill Malt
Post by: babalu87 on November 28, 2009, 02:42:31 AM
I chose Dingemans Munich
Title: Re: +1 to Cargill Malt
Post by: pashusa on November 29, 2009, 05:20:55 AM
that is a sweet prize. Bonas. And congrats on the win.
Title: Re: +1 to Cargill Malt
Post by: karlh on December 01, 2009, 08:01:39 PM
I have won sacks from cargille twice... the first time they let me get a sack of Dingemans Pale which was great, and the second I had to get "cargille" label only.  I went for their euro style pils malt, and my efficiency went down the tubes (about 20% drop both with a single 150F infusion and a 120F rest, 150F sacc. rest).  I loved the prize, but had a lot of frustration predicting my gravity with the cargille brand pils malt... both batches were way below the predicted gravity on a system that is extremely predictable.  I am not sure if it was the sack or the product, so it may have just been a single sack of slack malt.  The remainder sits unused until I run out of rahr malt.
Title: Re: +1 to Cargill Malt
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on December 01, 2009, 08:51:46 PM
I went for their euro style pils malt, and my efficiency went down the tubes (about 20% drop both with a single 150F infusion and a 120F rest, 150F sacc. rest).
I wonder if this was LOW modify malt (for decoction mashing).
You could find this on "malt analysis sheet".
Title: Re: +1 to Cargill Malt
Post by: karlh on December 03, 2009, 12:45:16 PM
Cargille's data sheet on the product is virtually identical in composition to their pale malt.  The key difference is a slightly lighter color.  The main difference in the product description is a slight "grassiness" in the flavor.  As I mentioned previously, I suspect the sack could have been slack malt (high moisture leading to low efficiency) but I do not have a scale that allows me to easily weigh 50 pounds on arrival.  I loved the Dingemans product I received from them, and have a friend who swears by Cargille malt, but I did not have a good experience with the Cargill Euro Pils I received. 
Title: Re: +1 to Cargill Malt
Post by: blatz on December 03, 2009, 02:58:33 PM
that's very interesting about the grassiness comment - the German Pils I have on tap now (though its almost gone) has a very distinct grassy aroma that I thought was hops going bad, though I had not noticed it in the beers made right before and after with the same exact hops (Tett and Hall).  I used 100% Cargill German/Euro Pils (not sure if there is a difference between the two).  That might explain the grassy aroma!
Title: Re: +1 to Cargill Malt
Post by: crabber on December 09, 2009, 01:01:35 AM
I can't disagree with the grassiness comment, though I couldn't have identified the flavor by myself.

Does anyone notice a complete lack of head retention with these malts?  I have made 20 gallons of beer, different styles, with two different Cargill malts.  Each keg pours up with a normal sized head but it quickly dissipates, similar to glass of soda.
Overall I'm pretty unhappy with these malts, but it could be user error  ???