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Avangard Pilsner Malt
« on: December 13, 2013, 12:21:17 PM »
One of my LHBS, South Hills Brewing Supply, just got Avangard malts in. They have the pilsner malt on sale at an introductory of $40 per 55 lb sack. I split a sack with somebody since I am only an on brewing a pilsner or two over the next year. I thought it was a good deal but haven't used this brand. What do you guys think of the quality of Avangard?
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Re: Avangard Pilsner Malt
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2013, 12:48:38 PM »
I've never even heard of it, let alone used it.
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Re: Avangard Pilsner Malt
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2013, 12:50:39 PM »
I've never even heard of it, let alone used it.


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Re: Avangard Pilsner Malt
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2013, 12:51:22 PM »
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Re: Avangard Pilsner Malt
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2013, 12:51:45 PM »
apparently they are the biggest maltster in Germany. 340,000 mt/a
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Re: Avangard Pilsner Malt
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2013, 01:07:11 PM »
It says established in 2006 too.  I wonder if they sell it under other labels.
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Re: Avangard Pilsner Malt
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2013, 02:57:19 PM »
The promo email that I got said it's cheaper than Weyermann. They also did side by side tastings with Weyermann and preferred the Avangard. So I guess we'll see.
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Re: Avangard Pilsner Malt
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2013, 07:44:35 AM »
The promo email that I got said it's cheaper than Weyermann. They also did side by side tastings with Weyermann and preferred the Avangard. So I guess we'll see.

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Re: Avangard Pilsner Malt
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2013, 07:52:53 AM »
The promo email that I got said it's cheaper than Weyermann. They also did side by side tastings with Weyermann and preferred the Avangard. So I guess we'll see.

Who is the "they" in the tasting?

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Re: Avangard Pilsner Malt
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2013, 07:55:33 AM »
We all know Weyermann. A German friend called them "small", and that they did a good job developing their export business. They have the one facility in Bamberg. Durst malting has 3 facilities. Looks like Avangard has 4. Don't know about the size or production of the others.
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Re: Avangard Pilsner Malt
« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2013, 08:27:11 AM »
The promo email that I got said it's cheaper than Weyermann. They also did side by side tastings with Weyermann and preferred the Avangard. So I guess we'll see.

Who is the "they" in the tasting?

I would assume they would be the nice people at South Hills Brewing Supply.
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Re: Avangard Pilsner Malt
« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2013, 05:20:09 PM »
Glad I'm not the only one new to this outfit. Must've just started exporting to the US.  I've read Germany's maltsters are generally small and unorganized. Weyermann sure doesn't give that impression. 
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Re: Avangard Pilsner Malt
« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2013, 12:25:35 PM »
My LHBS just got some for $40/bag. I think for this price I'll have to check it out with some lagers and Belgians. I'll report back with my impressions later.
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Re: Avangard Pilsner Malt
« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2014, 12:54:14 PM »
I ordered a sack of pils and a sack of Munich, they should be here end of next week.  I paid $45 per sack which is cheaper than the domestic Briess malt my LHBS carries.
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Re: Avangard Pilsner Malt
« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2014, 06:39:09 PM »
I brewed with this today. It has a nice smell and creates a nice Hot Scotchy  :P

It was tough breaking up all the dough balls and the first rubbings were really sticky, but the second runnings drained well.

I shot for an OG of 1.047 and hit 1.053. I usually allow for .003 of error, so I don't know whether I jacked up the calculations or it's just higher extractable malt. My volume was spot on.
« Last Edit: January 18, 2014, 09:53:40 AM by fmader »
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