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Base malt recommendation for Belgian brews

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erockrph:
So my new grain mill is en route, and now I obviously need to buy a sack of grain to go with it :)

I plan on brewing a lot of Belgian styles this year, so I was thinking of getting a sack of Castle Pils. Anyone have any differing suggestions?

corkybstewart:
I prefer whatever the brewpub I'm buying from has to sell ;D.  I like Weyermanns Pilsner for my Belgians, but when I was buying from the brewpub just up the highway I used Cargill's Pilsner malt with good results.

nateo:
My palate can't really tell the difference between continental pils malts. I can taste the difference between continental and NA. For me, Castle is a lot more expensive than Weyermann. It's not like Belgium grows a lot of barley, so Castle and Dingeman's barley is coming from somewhere else, probably Germany or eastern Europe.

I like the Weyermann Bohemian malts. The floor-malted kind is Tolar or Bojos, and the regular-malted kind is Hanka. While I can't taste the difference, for some reason I feel better knowing the name of my barley variety.

reverseapachemaster:
It depends on what kind of Belgian beers you're brewing. Pilsner is sort of the default base malt for Belgian beers but there's actually quite a few Belgian beers using pale malt as a base because it gets you a less dry, grainy taste. If you are going to brew a lot of tripels, Belgian blondes and BGSA then yes, pilsner is the appropriate choice. Anything else could easily be brewed with pale malt, even saisons. Just depends on what flavor profile and mouthfeel you want in the beer.

morticaixavier:

--- Quote from: reverseapachemaster on January 04, 2013, 12:21:34 PM ---It depends on what kind of Belgian beers you're brewing. Pilsner is sort of the default base malt for Belgian beers but there's actually quite a few Belgian beers using pale malt as a base because it gets you a less dry, grainy taste. If you are going to brew a lot of tripels, Belgian blondes and BGSA then yes, pilsner is the appropriate choice. Anything else could easily be brewed with pale malt, even saisons. Just depends on what flavor profile and mouthfeel you want in the beer.

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I feel like pils malt gives me a sweeter finished impression than pale or pale ale malts.

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