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Re: lower cost bock
« Reply #15 on: January 30, 2015, 07:19:36 am »
Long story made short, Steve:

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Re: lower cost bock
« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2015, 08:21:03 am »
I think the difference is most evident in munich malt. weyermann munich II is dark bread crust, toast, biscuit, and a hint of dark fruit. GW munich 10L (or gambrinus for that matter) is dark dried plums, cherries, and candied fruit with a hint of bread crust/toast.
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Re: lower cost bock
« Reply #17 on: January 30, 2015, 08:39:34 am »
OP might be on a tight budget with his brewing where ~$0.20/lb. over the year matters.

I would look at the avangard malts, which are often selling competitively with domestic products. If you can't find them in your area then I'd probably opt for a domestic pils as a base and try to spend a little extra to get a German munich.
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Re: lower cost bock
« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2015, 09:48:55 am »
Next on my schedule is a maibock. In an effort to save money I was thinking of getting Briess 2-row and Briess munich instead German pilsner and German munich.
I already have German tettnang and German yeast.
Okay? Not okay?

IMO, a very, very bad decision.  For one thing, my opinion is that Briess malts just don't taste good.  My own tries at maibock have used several different continental pils malts and even there, there was a large difference in the flavor.  I'd really advise to you break down and spring for the continental malts.  Pils and carahell are all you need to make a killer maibock.
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Re: lower cost bock
« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2015, 09:56:46 am »
Next on my schedule is a maibock. In an effort to save money I was thinking of getting Briess 2-row and Briess munich instead German pilsner and German munich.
I already have German tettnang and German yeast.
Okay? Not okay?

IMO, a very, very bad decision.  For one thing, my opinion is that Briess malts just don't taste good.  My own tries at maibock have used several different continental pils malts and even there, there was a large difference in the flavor.  I'd really advise to you break down and spring for the continental malts.  Pils and carahell are all you need to make a killer maibock.

+1. An extra $10-12 up front for a great beer you'll love every glass of  vs  a little savings and a beer that's 'pretty good' is a no brainer for me. You'll work equally hard for either and appreciate former a whole lot more.  My $0.02.
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Re: lower cost bock
« Reply #20 on: January 30, 2015, 09:58:03 am »
And I'll add...Steve, if you have to use domestic malt for economic reasons, at least get something other than Briess.
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Re: lower cost bock
« Reply #21 on: January 30, 2015, 09:58:56 am »
I use Briess quite often.  No issues.

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Re: lower cost bock
« Reply #22 on: January 30, 2015, 10:00:19 am »
I use Briess quite often.  No issues.

Have you ever compared its flavor to Great Western or Rahr?
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Re: lower cost bock
« Reply #23 on: January 30, 2015, 10:03:20 am »
I use Briess quite often.  No issues.

Have you ever compared its flavor to Great Western or Rahr?
I was just editing my post to indicate that I need to branch out more and try more malts, but Briess is the primary base malt that my go to supplier Listermann's carries.  Just curious, when is the last time you used it? 

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Re: lower cost bock
« Reply #24 on: January 30, 2015, 10:21:32 am »
I use Briess quite often.  No issues.

Have you ever compared its flavor to Great Western or Rahr?
I was just editing my post to indicate that I need to branch out more and try more malts, but Briess is the primary base malt that my go to supplier Listermann's carries.  Just curious, when is the last time you used it?

I use their 60L organic crystal all the time, but the last time I used a Briess base malt was well over 10 years ago.  I have tasted beers others have brewed with it though.  Not much flavor.
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Re: lower cost bock
« Reply #25 on: January 30, 2015, 10:45:24 am »
Try chewing on Briess Munich versus Best Malz Pilsner and Best Malz Munich I. It's amazing how much the Breiss Munich tastes like the Pilsner malt.
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Re: lower cost bock
« Reply #26 on: January 30, 2015, 11:11:02 am »
I use Briess quite often.  No issues.

Have you ever compared its flavor to Great Western or Rahr?
I was just editing my post to indicate that I need to branch out more and try more malts, but Briess is the primary base malt that my go to supplier Listermann's carries.  Just curious, when is the last time you used it?
JT the good news is that the brewery is now using some Rahr 2row for at least 1 of their brews. I saw pallets of it in the back a little while back. Chris said they are not planning on offering it in the shop, they will order a sack on prepay.
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Re: lower cost bock
« Reply #27 on: January 30, 2015, 11:21:48 am »

Try chewing on Briess Munich versus Best Malz Pilsner and Best Malz Munich I. It's amazing how much the Breiss Munich tastes like the Pilsner malt.

Great suggestion...tasting the grains really gives you an idea.


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Re: lower cost bock
« Reply #28 on: January 30, 2015, 01:52:05 pm »
Try chewing on Briess Munich versus Best Malz Pilsner and Best Malz Munich I. It's amazing how much the Breiss Munich tastes like the Pilsner malt.
Good call, I just need to find them side by side in a local shop.  I have an aversion to ordering base malts online.

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Re: lower cost bock
« Reply #29 on: January 30, 2015, 01:52:48 pm »
I use Briess quite often.  No issues.

Have you ever compared its flavor to Great Western or Rahr?
I was just editing my post to indicate that I need to branch out more and try more malts, but Briess is the primary base malt that my go to supplier Listermann's carries.  Just curious, when is the last time you used it?
JT the good news is that the brewery is now using some Rahr 2row for at least 1 of their brews. I saw pallets of it in the back a little while back. Chris said they are not planning on offering it in the shop, they will order a sack on prepay.
Awesome, I will be picking up a sack for sure.  Thanks!