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Domestic vs Continental Pilsner Malt

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majorvices:
while I prefer Best Pils to Rahr Pils, Rahr is very good and a good bit bit cheaper.

AmandaK:

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--- Quote from: beersk on May 09, 2014, 08:41:25 AM ---I think there is a difference, but it's quite subtle. There's a certain sumpin' sumpin' that German pils malt has over domestic pils.
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Definitely a difference. I think the Belgian/French pils is most different from domestic sources but German pils is subtly different but in a way that really seems to matter. I find the Belgian and French pils is more crackery than domestic and German is similar in overall taste to domestic but more complex.

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I find domestic Pils unacceptable for German lagers. I think that German Pils is a touch more bready/cracker like, Belgian Pils seems a bit more grape like, and domestic Pils is just grainy. To be sure about the German/Belgian thing, I'm doing some experiments currently.

HoosierBrew:
The Belgian Pils I use pretty much every time is Castle, and I think it has a subtle sweet grape character, where Weyermann is the German Pils I've used mostly (though Best is great) and I think it has a slightly grainy, crackery character.  But I just made a German Pils with all Avangard - My LHBS is going with Avangard as their only German Pils , so I gave it a shot. I'm curious to see how it compares to other pils malts. I have heard good things about it from a few brewers though.

majorvices:
Couple things to keep in mind. Some Belgian breweries use German Pils to make their beers. Most of you favorite American breweries use domestic pils to make their Belgian inspired beers. I know for a fact that russian River uses Rahr.

AmandaK:

--- Quote from: majorvices on May 10, 2014, 07:22:07 AM ---Couple things to keep in mind. Some Belgian breweries use German Pils to make their beers. Most of you favorite American breweries use domestic pils to make their Belgian inspired beers. I know for a fact that russian River uses Rahr.

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While true, what professional breweries do is of little real interest to homebrewers. I cannot copy what a pro does and expect it to work in my garage. I just use what works for me.  8)

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