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Playing Favorites
« on: December 13, 2015, 08:31:01 PM »
In order to get an idea of what the more experienced members here have concluded, I'd like to know the following from any or all of you:

List your favorite:
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Pilsner malt -
Pale malt -
Munich malt/Vienna malt -
Other Base malts (MO/GP) -
Specialty malt(s) -
Bittering hops -
Aroma hops -
Flavor hops -
Adjuncts -
Sugars -

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Re: Playing Favorites
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2015, 08:51:56 PM »
Honestly depends on what I'm brewing. I just try to use the right tools for the right job. Having said that, I do like pils and Vienna malts quite a bit, all things equal. As for hops, I love good hop aroma and flavor.
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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2015, 09:17:23 PM »
I think the OP might have meant favorite brand, at least for the malts.

I'll pass. I am not experienced enough to have tried multiple brands of all of those.
« Last Edit: December 13, 2015, 09:18:56 PM by alestateyall »

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Re: Playing Favorites
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2015, 09:20:01 PM »
It's probably easier to just list those items/ingredients/brands we don't like

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Re: Playing Favorites
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2015, 09:22:03 PM »
In order to get an idea of what the more experienced members here have concluded, I'd like to know the following from any or all of you:

List your favorite:
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Pilsner malt -
Pale malt -
Munich malt/Vienna malt -
Other Base malts (MO/GP) -
Specialty malt(s) -
Bittering hops -
Aroma hops -
Flavor hops -
Adjuncts -
Sugars -

That's like picking a favorite child...
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Re: Playing Favorites
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2015, 09:45:59 PM »
Lately...
Best Malz pils munich and vienna
Simpson golden promise
Magnum for bitterness
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Re: Playing Favorites
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2015, 09:54:16 PM »
I think the OP might have meant favorite brand, at least for the malts.


Yep, my bad.  Best and Dingemann pils, Best Vienna, Dingemann pale, Best or Avangard Munich, Fawcett MO, Simpsons GP.  Bittering - Magnum or Columbus. Aroma and flavor - I agree with Denny, it's like picking a favorite child. Adjunct - D180, great stuff.
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Re: Playing Favorites
« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2015, 10:32:22 PM »
In order to get an idea of what the more experienced members here have concluded, I'd like to know the following from any or all of you:

List your favorite:
-----------------
Pilsner malt -
Pale malt -
Munich malt/Vienna malt -
Other Base malts (MO/GP) -
Specialty malt(s) -
Bittering hops -
Aroma hops -
Flavor hops -
Adjuncts -
Sugars -

Pils, Vienna, continental Munich - Best
Domestic Munich - Great Western
Pale - Rahr, followed closely by Great Western
GP- Simpson's
MO - don't use it
Sugar - D180 syrup
Adjunct - chanterelle or matsutake mushrooms
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Re: Playing Favorites
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2015, 10:58:47 PM »
Good stuff everyone. Keep it coming.

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Re: Playing Favorites
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2015, 12:12:55 AM »
In order to get an idea of what the more experienced members here have concluded, I'd like to know the following from any or all of you:

List your favorite:
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Pilsner malt -Weyermann
Pale malt - Crisp
Munich malt/Vienna malt - Weyermann/Briess
Other Base malts (MO/GP) -?
Specialty malt(s) -Carastan
Bittering hops - Magnum
Aroma hops -Centennial/Cascade/Amarillo
Flavor hops -Citra
Adjuncts - hardly ever use
Sugars -Belgian Dark Candi syrup

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Re: Playing Favorites
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2015, 12:53:24 AM »
The reason I'm interested is I am going to be moving back near my hometown next year and will be leaving three pretty solid LHBSs behind. I will be going the mail order route and would like to get an idea of what the big guys are selling compared to what people like. I have been using primarily Dingemans for everything. My local place has their entire line.

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Re: Playing Favorites
« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2015, 04:28:42 PM »
I haven't done enough experimentation with base malts to have a strong opinion, but here's what I got:

List your favorite:
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Pilsner malt -
Pale malt -
Munich malt/Vienna malt -
Other Base malts (MO/GP) - Red X
Specialty malt(s) - Aromatic
Bittering hops - Magnum, if I use something different than my aroma hop
Aroma hops - All of them :) But depending on style I lean towards Nelson, Citra, Meridian, Motueka, EKG and Sterling. This list is likely to change in a few days once this year's test batches finish carbing up.
Flavor hops - See Flavor hops
Adjuncts - Torrified Wheat
Sugars - D45/D90/D180 Candi Syrup
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Re: Playing Favorites
« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2015, 06:39:17 PM »
I'll preface by saying that I restrict myself mostly to organic ingredients so that limits my selections on most things but...

In order to get an idea of what the more experienced members here have concluded, I'd like to know the following from any or all of you:

List your favorite:
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Pilsner malt - Weyermann for crackery, great western or gambrinus for grapey
Pale malt - great western
Munich malt/Vienna malt - Wetermann for dry dark toasty, great western or gambrinus for dark fruity
Other Base malts (MO/GP) - rarely use them but I think Thomas Fawcett is available organically
Specialty malt(s) - I use a lot of munich in place of most crystal malts. I order great western or briess specialty malts for roasted and the occasional crystal/cara. I use Weyermann for rye malt because they are the only one doing that organically. usually great western or gambrinus for wheat malt
Bittering hops - I used to like bravo but I don't see it much anymore. Magnum is good, centennial
Aroma hops -  mix it up a lot here because I just don't go a lot of hop forward beers but I like to include an herbal/spicey hop with some fruity/piney hop
Flavor hops - not a real hop head, don't really have favorites. although sterling is nice and hallertaur mitt is a favorite for german beer
Adjuncts - Raw grains come from the local food co-op bulk bins
Sugars - co-op again, or family for honey, neighbors for maple syrup
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Re: Playing Favorites
« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2015, 06:48:49 PM »
Pilsner malt - Weyerman
Pale malt - Rahr
Munich malt/Vienna malt - I tend to use Weyerman mostly..... but, don't have a lot of experience with others.
Other Base malts (MO/GP) - Simpsons Golden Promise.  In almost all of my ales I use a GP/Rahr blend 50/50 for base portion

Specialty malt(s) - I use Honey Malt in small percentages (1-3%) in a lot of my APA's, IPA's, Blondes, etc  I go very low on crystal in these beers and this provides some color (25L) and flavor.   I like Briess Ashburne Mild malt for Dark Milds. 
Bittering hops - Warrior (I also like Liberty for less hop forward styles styles)
Aroma hops - Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy
Flavor hops - Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy (In hoppy beers I generally just bitter and then everything else is flameout, whirlpool, dry)
Adjuncts - Flaked Barley and Flaked Oats.
Sugars - Rarely use.
« Last Edit: December 14, 2015, 06:50:29 PM by braufessor »

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Re: Playing Favorites
« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2015, 08:37:02 PM »
List your favorite:
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Pilsner malt - Best (though using Weyermann more lately due to availability)
Pale malt - Rahr
Munich malt/Vienna malt - Weyermann
Other Base malts (MO/GP) - Crisp or TF
Specialty malt(s) - Crisp or Simpsons range of Crystals, Crisp RB, Chocolate
Bittering hops - Apollo or Magnum
Aroma hops - Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade, Columbus, Centennial
Flavor hops -Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade, Columbus, Centennial
Adjuncts - occasional oats
Sugars - table sugar for double IPAs
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