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Briess Synergy Select Pilsen MaltGems
« on: December 08, 2023, 10:12:09 am »
I thought about brewing with Briess Synergy Select Pilsen MaltGems. Any suggestions on this malt would be appreciated.

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Re: Briess Synergy Select Pilsen MaltGems
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2023, 09:21:34 am »
I just read up on this malt because I'd never heard of it before. It sounds really interesting. I rarely use 100% Pilsner malt in my recipes, because I find that I get a bit of husky/grassy notes that I'm not a huge fan of. I end up using 15-30% of Munich or Pale Ale malt to help cut back on that character. Having less husk material seems like it might be another way to solve the same problem.

I'm assuming that this only comes pre-crushed, right? Please let us know how this works for you. I might have to get my hands on some before I start brewing my spring and summer lagers.
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Re: Briess Synergy Select Pilsen MaltGems
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2023, 11:12:34 am »
I just read up on this malt because I'd never heard of it before. It sounds really interesting. I rarely use 100% Pilsner malt in my recipes, because I find that I get a bit of husky/grassy notes that I'm not a huge fan of. I end up using 15-30% of Munich or Pale Ale malt to help cut back on that character. Having less husk material seems like it might be another way to solve the same problem.

I'm assuming that this only comes pre-crushed, right? Please let us know how this works for you. I might have to get my hands on some before I start brewing my spring and summer lagers.

Is that true of any pils malt you try?
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Re: Briess Synergy Select Pilsen MaltGems
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2023, 12:51:27 pm »
I just read up on this malt because I'd never heard of it before. It sounds really interesting. I rarely use 100% Pilsner malt in my recipes, because I find that I get a bit of husky/grassy notes that I'm not a huge fan of. I end up using 15-30% of Munich or Pale Ale malt to help cut back on that character. Having less husk material seems like it might be another way to solve the same problem.

I'm assuming that this only comes pre-crushed, right? Please let us know how this works for you. I might have to get my hands on some before I start brewing my spring and summer lagers.

Is that true of any pils malt you try?

At this point it's a matter of habit to add some Munich or Pale Ale malt when I'm designing recipes, so I can't say definitively that it's in every Pils malt I've tried. I get it the most from Weyermann's floor-malted Bo Pils, but I've gotten it from Best and Avangard as well. It's been a while since I've used Castle pils, but I think that might be the only one that I don't recall getting the grassiness from.
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Re: Briess Synergy Select Pilsen MaltGems
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2023, 12:58:51 pm »
You can get Briess Synergy Select Malt germs that are pre-crushed malt or uncrushed from Ritebrew.com.

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Re: Briess Synergy Select Pilsen MaltGems
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2023, 04:03:26 pm »
I just read up on this malt because I'd never heard of it before. It sounds really interesting. I rarely use 100% Pilsner malt in my recipes, because I find that I get a bit of husky/grassy notes that I'm not a huge fan of. I end up using 15-30% of Munich or Pale Ale malt to help cut back on that character. Having less husk material seems like it might be another way to solve the same problem.

I'm assuming that this only comes pre-crushed, right? Please let us know how this works for you. I might have to get my hands on some before I start brewing my spring and summer lagers.

Is that true of any pils malt you try?

At this point it's a matter of habit to add some Munich or Pale Ale malt when I'm designing recipes, so I can't say definitively that it's in every Pils malt I've tried. I get it the most from Weyermann's floor-malted Bo Pils, but I've gotten it from Best and Avangard as well. It's been a while since I've used Castle pils, but I think that might be the only one that I don't recall getting the grassiness from.

It's strange how we perceive flavors from ingredients. I very often use Weyermann's FMG to the tune of 250-300 pounds a year and I never get that grassy taste. I suppose its similar to cilantro, some people get soap and some don't.

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Re: Briess Synergy Select Pilsen MaltGems
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2023, 09:21:52 am »
I just read up on this malt because I'd never heard of it before. It sounds really interesting. I rarely use 100% Pilsner malt in my recipes, because I find that I get a bit of husky/grassy notes that I'm not a huge fan of. I end up using 15-30% of Munich or Pale Ale malt to help cut back on that character. Having less husk material seems like it might be another way to solve the same problem.

I'm assuming that this only comes pre-crushed, right? Please let us know how this works for you. I might have to get my hands on some before I start brewing my spring and summer lagers.

Is that true of any pils malt you try?

At this point it's a matter of habit to add some Munich or Pale Ale malt when I'm designing recipes, so I can't say definitively that it's in every Pils malt I've tried. I get it the most from Weyermann's floor-malted Bo Pils, but I've gotten it from Best and Avangard as well. It's been a while since I've used Castle pils, but I think that might be the only one that I don't recall getting the grassiness from.

Definitely from Weyermann in my experience. I've gotten it less from Best. You might check out Rahr North Star pils. I find it sweet and malty, with none of the green grassy taste I don't care for.
« Last Edit: December 12, 2023, 08:30:42 am by denny »
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Re: Briess Synergy Select Pilsen MaltGems
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2023, 09:24:43 am »
I just read up on this malt because I'd never heard of it before. It sounds really interesting. I rarely use 100% Pilsner malt in my recipes, because I find that I get a bit of husky/grassy notes that I'm not a huge fan of. I end up using 15-30% of Munich or Pale Ale malt to help cut back on that character. Having less husk material seems like it might be another way to solve the same problem.

I'm assuming that this only comes pre-crushed, right? Please let us know how this works for you. I might have to get my hands on some before I start brewing my spring and summer lagers.

Is that true of any pils malt you try?

At this point it's a matter of habit to add some Munich or Pale Ale malt when I'm designing recipes, so I can't say definitively that it's in every Pils malt I've tried. I get it the most from Weyermann's floor-malted Bo Pils, but I've gotten it from Best and Avangard as well. It's been a while since I've used Castle pils, but I think that might be the only one that I don't recall getting the grassiness from.

Definitely from Weyerhaeuser in my experience. I've gotten it less from Best. You might check out Rahr North Star pils. I find it sweet and malty, with none of the green grassy taste I don't care for.
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Re: Briess Synergy Select Pilsen MaltGems
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2023, 01:19:27 pm »
I agree with Denny that Rahr North Star Pilsner malt is great. I recently brewed an American lager and didn't notice any off flavors. I did a step mash because it has lower modification? I saw this on Don Osbourne YouTube brewing video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU6VrP8cyR0
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Re: Briess Synergy Select Pilsen MaltGems
« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2023, 08:49:14 am »
I agree with Denny that Rahr North Star Pilsner malt is great. I recently brewed an American lager and didn't notice any off flavors. I did a step mash because it has lower modification? I saw this on Don Osbourne YouTube brewing video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU6VrP8cyR0

Single infusion is fine with it if you prefer.  DP is listed at 120-160. Way high, plenty to even convert other malts.
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Re: Briess Synergy Select Pilsen MaltGems
« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2023, 01:58:31 pm »
Thanks Denny! I thought that might be the case but I can do a step mash fairly easy on the Anvil Foundry 10.5. So what the heck I did it! Rahr North Star was delicious when I used it to brew my latest American Pilsner. Next time I'll do a single infusion mash.

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Re: Briess Synergy Select Pilsen MaltGems
« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2023, 02:09:14 pm »
Thanks Denny! I thought that might be the case but I can do a step mash fairly easy on the Anvil Foundry 10.5. So what the heck I did it! Rahr North Star was delicious when I used it to brew my latest American Pilsner. Next time I'll do a single infusion mash.

As long as you avoid a protein rest, I doubt a step mash will hurt.
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Re: Briess Synergy Select Pilsen MaltGems
« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2023, 08:26:59 pm »
Ok thanks for the information.