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German & Domestic Pilsner Malt: Difference?
« on: July 12, 2014, 04:36:11 PM »
The obvious is 15 cents per pound.  But beyond that what difference is there?  I'm brewing a Pilsner on Wednesday, and making my supply run, saw that the LHBS had both.  I went for the German, but now I am curious.
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Re: German & Domestic Pilsner Malt: Difference?
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2014, 05:05:36 PM »
I almost always use domestic pils out of desire to eat close to home but a couiple months ago I entered my marzen in a contest and the difference was noticed by one grand master IV judge. It was the first time I ever saw a comment specifically stating that I would have scored better if I had used continental malt. so take that for what it's worth.

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Re: German & Domestic Pilsner Malt: Difference?
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2014, 05:08:49 PM »
EVERYTHING! German Pils is hands down better than domestic Pils. Of course this is my opinion, but german malt just has more flavor like a sweeter, grainy characteristic. What German brand did you buy?
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Re: German & Domestic Pilsner Malt: Difference?
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2014, 05:09:38 PM »
I can tell a small but important difference, but only in light colored low hop beers.

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Re: German & Domestic Pilsner Malt: Difference?
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2014, 05:12:10 PM »
EVERYTHING! German Pils is hands down better than domestic Pils. Of course this is my opinion, but german malt just has more flavor like a sweeter, grainy characteristic.

+1.  Castle Pils is very nice too.
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Re: German & Domestic Pilsner Malt: Difference?
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2014, 05:14:58 PM »
EVERYTHING! German Pils is hands down better than domestic Pils. Of course this is my opinion, but german malt just has more flavor like a sweeter, grainy characteristic.

+1.  Castle Pils is very nice too.
I'll have to try that.
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Re: German & Domestic Pilsner Malt: Difference?
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2014, 05:28:12 PM »
EVERYTHING! German Pils is hands down better than domestic Pils. Of course this is my opinion, but german malt just has more flavor like a sweeter, grainy characteristic.

+1.  Castle Pils is very nice too.
I'll have to try that.

It's Belgian, pretty high quality. And BTW I used the new Avangard in my German Pils that just kicked - it's pretty darn good too.
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Re: German & Domestic Pilsner Malt: Difference?
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2014, 05:48:03 PM »
EVERYTHING! German Pils is hands down better than domestic Pils. Of course this is my opinion, but german malt just has more flavor like a sweeter, grainy characteristic. What German brand did you buy?

Well I am very glad I chose what I did then!  I don't know the brand.  The bins just have the type of malt and the lovibond on the lid.  I suppose I could ask, but it is the only one they had so if I wanted another brand I'd have to order a 50# sack.
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Re: German & Domestic Pilsner Malt: Difference?
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2014, 05:48:37 PM »
EVERYTHING! German Pils is hands down better than domestic Pils. Of course this is my opinion, but german malt just has more flavor like a sweeter, grainy characteristic.

+1.  Castle Pils is very nice too.
I'll have to try that.

It's Belgian, pretty high quality. And BTW I used the new Avangard in my German Pils that just kicked - it's pretty darn good too.
I'm on my second bag of Avangard and I like it a lot. I got a German Pils fermenting with it now. You can't go wrong with the price also.
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Re: German & Domestic Pilsner Malt: Difference?
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2014, 05:55:18 PM »
EVERYTHING! German Pils is hands down better than domestic Pils. Of course this is my opinion, but german malt just has more flavor like a sweeter, grainy characteristic.

+1.  Castle Pils is very nice too.
I'll have to try that.

It's Belgian, pretty high quality. And BTW I used the new Avangard in my German Pils that just kicked - it's pretty darn good too.
I'm on my second bag of Avangard and I like it a lot. I got a German Pils fermenting with it now. You can't go wrong with the price also.


For sure. My LHBS dropped Weyermann in favor of Avangard - I didn't know it until I went to buy the stuff for the German Pils. Rather than wait to order Weyermann online I gave it a shot, since I'd heard good things about Avangard. Gotta say, I really like it ! Gonna keep using it (except for Castle for Belgians).
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Re: German & Domestic Pilsner Malt: Difference?
« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2014, 05:40:04 AM »
If you want to make a German style beer, use German ingredients.
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Re: German & Domestic Pilsner Malt: Difference?
« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2014, 08:01:00 AM »
I find that the particular maltster makes more difference than the country of origin.  That said, though, I also find continental pils malts to taste better than domestic.  I've never done a blind test to verify that's the case, but I always buy continental pils.
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Re: German & Domestic Pilsner Malt: Difference?
« Reply #12 on: July 13, 2014, 08:53:26 AM »
My experience with Avangard concurs with what has already been posted.  I love this malt.  It has a sweet grainy flavor that reminds me of Durst Pils.  I was dismayed to see that my LHBS stopped carrying Durst Pils while I was away from the hobby.  I do not care for the flavor of MFB or Weyermann Pils.
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Re: German & Domestic Pilsner Malt: Difference?
« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2014, 09:56:24 AM »
My experience with Avangard concurs with what has already been posted.  I love this malt.  It has a sweet grainy flavor that reminds me of Durst Pils.  I was dismayed to see that my LHBS stopped carrying Durst Pils while I was away from the hobby.  I do not care for the flavor of MFB or Weyermann Pils.

I don't find MFB too bad, but I just don't care for Weyermann after trying Durst and Best.  I've got a sack of Avangard I hope to get into soon.  Glad to hear the good report!
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Re: German & Domestic Pilsner Malt: Difference?
« Reply #14 on: July 13, 2014, 09:59:43 AM »
+1 to Avangard being pretty similar to Durst. I like Avangard easily better than Weyermann. Glad my LHBS made the switch.
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