Author Topic: Can I use Munich/Pilsen LME as a base malt?  (Read 136 times)

Offline opalko

  • 1st Kit
  • *
  • Posts: 1
    • View Profile
Can I use Munich/Pilsen LME as a base malt?
« on: September 14, 2018, 12:10:24 AM »
Got a deal on some Munich LME from one of the big online homebrew stores; it comes in 4lb foil pouches, and it is listed as 50% Pilsen malt and 50% Munich. I bought it on a whim based on the price with no plan of what to make with it. I tried a simple english ale with it and it turned out waay maltier, extract-ier, and darker than what I expected and online calculators predicted.

Now I am wondering if the deal was because they were past their shelf life (no date on the bags); I can't even find a recipe on their website that uses it. I bought a bunch - any recommendations for using this stuff would be appreciated!! I should add that I tend to stick with pale ales, brown ales, and stouts when I homebrew.

Cheers

Offline James K

  • Brewer
  • ****
  • Posts: 363
  • Flagstaff, AZ
    • View Profile
Re: Can I use Munich/Pilsen LME as a base malt?
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2018, 12:44:12 AM »
I think you could make a few things like, Munich Dunkel, Dunkel weissen, maybe a doppelbock. All of those are pretty malty beers. I’m not exactly sure what you have or how much of what you have but you could also probably make a barley wine with it. I’d just play around with it.
A brewery by me once had bags of Munich get recalled and I ended up with 200lbs of Munich. I still have about 70 after a year so. You can always add a few in every batch.
Vice President of Flagstaff Mountain-Top Mashers
2017 Homebrewer of the year
"One mouth doesn't taste the beer."

Offline dmtaylor

  • Official Poobah of No Life.
  • *
  • Posts: 3344
  • Two Rivers, WI
    • View Profile
    • Manty Malters - Meet the Malters! - Dave Taylor
Re: Can I use Munich/Pilsen LME as a base malt?
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2018, 11:38:39 AM »
Might be good for porter and stout, where the dark malty flavors accentuate the beer rather than distract. Supplement with dark roasted malts of course to get the typical porter or stout flavor.
Dave

The world will become a much more pleasant place to live when each and every one of us realizes that we are all idiots.

Offline denny

  • Administrator
  • Retired with too much time on my hands
  • *****
  • Posts: 19633
  • Noti OR [1991.4, 287.6deg] AR
    • View Profile
    • Dennybrew
Re: Can I use Munich/Pilsen LME as a base malt?
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2018, 02:37:01 PM »
You also could use either as a base for a pale ale or IPA
Life begins at 60.....1.060, that is!

www.dennybrew.com

The best, sharpest, funniest, weirdest and most knowledgable minds in home brewing contribute on the AHA forum. - Alewyfe

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russell