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Offline IMperry9

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Great Base malt debate?
« on: May 07, 2015, 05:45:05 PM »
So I am fairly new to brewing. Have worked with a few kits and have made a few of my own recipes and I think I am getting the hang of it. My question is what is everyone's preferred base malt? I know it really depends on the style of beer you are going for but I have seen some people say they use a certain base malt universally. I have had experience with Briess domestic 2-row and just recently brewed with Bohemian Pilsner. Let me know what you guys think.


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Re: Great Base malt debate?
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2015, 05:59:40 PM »
Depends on the style I'm brewing :    American - Rahr or Briess 2 row (Briess is not my favorite, but I'll use it in a pinch).          Belgian - Dingemanns or Castle pils and/or pale malts         German -  Best or Weyermann pils          UK - Crisp or Fawcett Maris Otter, Simpson's Golden Promise.

A German Pilsner or Bohemian Pilsner  is great with German or Belgian pils malts IMO.
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Re: Great Base malt debate?
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2015, 06:01:03 PM »
I think a lot of people will say it depends on what style you are brewing. I brew mostly american and german styles. I use German pilsner malt in all of my beers now and munich along with it in a good portion. I have pretty much stopped using domestic two row.
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Re: Great Base malt debate?
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2015, 07:49:00 PM »
I use Maris Otter for most of my beers, but I tend to brew a lot of English styles, or at least English-influenced. Saisons and Pilsners though, I'm all Floor-Malted Bohemian Pilsner.

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Re: Great Base malt debate?
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2015, 10:32:20 PM »
They had Avengard Premium Pale 2 Row for $39 for a 55 lb sack in the local group buy.
So that's what I'll be using for a while.
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Re: Great Base malt debate?
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2015, 10:44:23 PM »
Love GW 2-row and Pale malts, really don't like Briess 2-row, prefer Belgian Pils (Franco-Belges or Dingemanns) to German Pils.

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Re: Great Base malt debate?
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2015, 11:10:41 PM »
I like whatever I can get local. I love castle malts, but can't get them without shipping.

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Re: Great Base malt debate?
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2015, 11:11:44 PM »
They had Avengard Premium Pale 2 Row for $39 for a 55 lb sack in the local group buy.
So that's what I'll be using for a while.
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My LHBS carries it now, too. I like their pils actually better than Weyermann.
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Re: Great Base malt debate?
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2015, 12:28:00 AM »
I guess put me as an outlier.  I'm fine with Briess 2-row.  My Scotch Ale (has won multiple awards including taking 3rd in MCAB and advancing to Finals at NHC) is all Briess malts.

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Re: Great Base malt debate?
« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2015, 01:01:37 AM »
Use German malts for German beers, English Malts for English Beers, Scottish malts for Scottish beers and American Malts for American beers. You can use Belgian Malts for Belgian beers, German and French malts work well too. Not too hard to figure out when you look at it that way.

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Re: Great Base malt debate?
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2015, 01:09:56 AM »
Use German malts for German beers, English Malts for English Beers, Scottish malts for Scottish beers and American Malts for American beers. You can use Belgian Malts for Belgian beers, German and French malts work well too. Not too hard to figure out when you look at it that way.
So, it almost seems like you're saying that when you try to recreate beers from certain areas that you tend to use ingredients from those areas. Or am I reading into it too much?

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Re: Great Base malt debate?
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2015, 02:55:13 AM »
Use German malts for German beers, English Malts for English Beers, Scottish malts for Scottish beers and American Malts for American beers. You can use Belgian Malts for Belgian beers, German and French malts work well too. Not too hard to figure out when you look at it that way.
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Re: Great Base malt debate?
« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2015, 03:35:09 AM »

Use German malts for German beers, English Malts for English Beers, Scottish malts for Scottish beers and American Malts for American beers. You can use Belgian Malts for Belgian beers, German and French malts work well too. Not too hard to figure out when you look at it that way.
Hmm... I don't know. I've done some side by side malt comparisons and the differences were way more subtle than I expected. I guess all I'm saying is that I believe a world class ESB or Pils can be produced with non-regional malts. Maybe I'm wrong.

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Re: Great Base malt debate?
« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2015, 03:37:10 AM »

Use German malts for German beers, English Malts for English Beers, Scottish malts for Scottish beers and American Malts for American beers. You can use Belgian Malts for Belgian beers, German and French malts work well too. Not too hard to figure out when you look at it that way.
So, it almost seems like you're saying that when you try to recreate beers from certain areas that you tend to use ingredients from those areas. Or am I reading into it too much?

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Re: Great Base malt debate?
« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2015, 03:49:20 AM »
Hmm... I don't know. I've done some side by side malt comparisons and the differences were way more subtle than I expected. I guess all I'm saying is that I believe a world class ESB or Pils can be produced with non-regional malts. Maybe I'm wrong.
I don't think you're that wrong.  See my post a few posts up.  ;)