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Best Malt Brands
« on: June 30, 2015, 06:12:08 PM »
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According to your previous experience, what do you guys think are the best quality malt brands? Starting from the best, and the relation quality/price.

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Re: Best Malt Brands
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2015, 06:26:56 PM »
Remember, this is objective....no, it's not...it's subjective!

domestic pale malt - Rahr 2 row pale
domestic Munich malt - Great Western
domestic rye malt - Briess
continental pils and Munich - Best Malz
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Re: Best Malt Brands
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2015, 06:52:56 PM »
Dingemann's - Belgian Pilsner malt (belgian styles)
Weyermann - German Pilsner malt (german styles)

Lots of other great malts out there, but these two I use most frequently. 

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Re: Best Malt Brands
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2015, 07:00:25 PM »
domestic pale malt - Rahr 2 row pale

Is that their actual 2-row or their pale ale malt? Or both?
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Re: Best Malt Brands
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2015, 07:08:23 PM »
domestic pale malt - Rahr 2 row pale

Is that their actual 2-row or their pale ale malt? Or both?

It's the pale, not the pale ale.  Just a bit lighter color.
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Re: Best Malt Brands
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2015, 07:28:48 PM »
I have gone through 3 sacks of Avangard pilsner malt over the past year or so, and am loving it....the flavor and the price.

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Re: Best Malt Brands
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2015, 07:42:23 PM »
I have gone through 3 sacks of Avangard pilsner malt over the past year or so, and am loving it....the flavor and the price.

I went through one for my LHBS as a tester. It was alright, but I'm not looking for "alright". To each their own!  8)

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Belgian Pilsner: Dingemann's
German Pilsner: Best
German Munich: Best
German Dark Munich: Best
Maris Otter: I've been using Bairds for 3-4 sacks now, but may try out Thomas Fawcett on the next sack.
Standard 2-row: Rahr

I don't too much worry about price. Buying in bulk affords me that luxury since the difference (in my area) between a crappy sack and a great sack is ~$10. $10 spread over 3-5 batches is inconsequential to me.
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Re: Best Malt Brands
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2015, 07:50:59 PM »
There are some good ones.

It is important to brew with one until you have it dialed in on your system. If the supply changes, your beers will change. I can't find Durst Pils locally anymore. Weyermann is good, I like Avangard a little better, and now have a bag of Best Pils to try.

Crisp Maris Otter for most British beer styles, but I also really like Simpsons Golden Promise.

Briess 6-row for CAPs and historic beers. They stopped making it.   :(  So I need to find the Rahr or Great Western 6 row, or just try using a 2 row and see how that works.

Trivia - Avangard malts are from Germany, but are owned by the Russian Avangard Bank. The name didn't look very German, so I looked it up and found the ownership relation.
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Re: Best Malt Brands
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2015, 07:56:39 PM »
Best Malz here too. And I was using the LHBS Vienna but was getting a honey note from it. Found out he was stocking Gambrinus Vienna, so I made him order some Best Vienna.

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Re: Best Malt Brands
« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2015, 09:22:53 PM »
Best Malz here too. And I was using the LHBS Vienna but was getting a honey note from it. Found out he was stocking Gambrinus Vienna, so I made him order some Best Vienna.

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Re: Best Malt Brands
« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2015, 11:36:08 PM »

Remember, this is objective....

domestic pale malt - Rahr 2 row pale
domestic Munich malt - Great Western
domestic rye malt - Briess
continental pils and Munich - Best Malz
Objective or subjective?

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Re: Best Malt Brands
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2015, 11:51:03 PM »
Dingemann's - Belgian Pilsner malt (belgian styles)
Weyermann - German Pilsner malt (german styles)

Lots of other great malts out there, but these two I use most frequently.

For the price, MFB (Franco Belges) Pilsner is great and I personally can't really tell the difference from Dingemanns.  Also Great Western 2 row for American styles.  These are both distributed by North Country so you may or may not see them locally.
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Re: Best Malt Brands
« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2015, 12:10:23 AM »
For me (so, it's subjective) it's Weyermann pilsner, Crisp Pale, Great Western white wheat, and Weyermann Munich. All widely available, economical, and high quality. Along with a variety of specialty malts and grains, mostly British, I make almost all styles of beer and am very happy with the results.
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Re: Best Malt Brands
« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2015, 03:02:42 AM »
I've had good results with Castle (Belgian Pils).  I also like Simpsons for crystal malts.
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Re: Best Malt Brands
« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2015, 11:52:44 AM »
These days I buy pilsner malt almost exclusively and have found Weyermann's performance very satisfactory.

Dingemann's Pale Malt is another favorite.

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