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Re: Best Malt Brands
« Reply #15 on: July 01, 2015, 05:36:06 AM »
I buy Best Malz for Pils, Wheat, Vienna and Munich I and II. Thomas Fawcett for English varieties, specifically Maris Otter, Golden Promise, Rye Malt and crystal caramel malts and roasted varieties like Chocolate Malt and Roasted Barley. For American styles I like Briess Pale Ale malt, they also make nice crytsal/caramel malts.
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Re: Best Malt Brands
« Reply #16 on: July 01, 2015, 06:43:03 AM »
I'm stubbornly organic so I use weyermann for continental styles, either Great Western or Gambrinus for American styles, and I just suck it up on british styles because there is usually one or no options of MO.

Lately I've been focusing on locally grown/malted barley whenever possible. Jury is still out on Petersons Quality Malt out of Monkton VT but it's pretty good. perhaps a bit neutral.
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Re: Best Malt Brands
« Reply #17 on: July 01, 2015, 07:09:27 AM »
I like Best Malz for Pils, Vienna and Munich I and II. I like Thomas Fawcett Maris Otter, and love Golden Promise. For American styles I like Rahr as my base 2 Row.  I would like to try some Great Western and Cargill.  I can't get any near me.  I've not had good luck with Briess, but all the breweries around me use it.  I just finished two sacks of Weyermann Bohemian Pils malt.  We will see when the beers finish what I think.  I picked up a sack of Rahr Premium Pils.  Hope it is as nice as their 2 Row.   

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Re: Best Malt Brands
« Reply #18 on: July 01, 2015, 07:11:45 AM »
Right now in my bins I have Weyermann dark Munich, Best pilsner, Great Western 2-row and Crisp Maris Otter.  I've also used Franco Belges pilsner a lot when making Belgian beers, great malt.
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Re: Best Malt Brands
« Reply #19 on: July 01, 2015, 08:18:49 AM »

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 #20 on: July 01, 2015, 09:19:16 AM »
Base Malt

British:  Thomas Fawcett Pearl
Continental:  Avangard Pils (very close to Durst, but my LHBS does not stock Durst)
American 2-Row: Anything but Briess (I currently use Rahr, but used to use Schreier before the Cargill takeover)


I do not use much in the way of caramelized malt, but when I do, here's what I use:

CaraPils:  Briess
Caramel 8:  Avangard  (this stuff is fantastic in blonde/golden ale and pale lagers)
Caramel 60: MFB

Specialty Malts:

Dark Munich:  Avangard
Pale Chocolate: Thomas Fawcett
Roasted Barley: Thomas Fawcett
Rye Malt:  Thomas Fawcett
Wheat Malt: Briess (but there has to be something better)

Unmalted Grains:

Flaked Maize:  Briess
Torrified Wheat: Briess (would prefer UK)
Roasted Barley: Thomas Fawcett
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Re: Best Malt Brands
« Reply #21 on: July 01, 2015, 12:45:46 PM »
Best for Pils, Vienna or Munich
Fawcett or Crisp for Maris Otter or Golden Promise
Rahr domestic 2 Row
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Re: Best Malt Brands
« Reply #22 on: July 01, 2015, 12:58:42 PM »
Euro base -  - Dingemanns pils and pale, Best or Avangard, Crisp MO (style dependent)
US 2 row - Rahr preferably, Briess in  a pinch
Munich - Best I and II, Avangard in a pinch
Wheat - Avangard or Briess
Roasted - Muntons chocolate and roasted barley, Crisp pale chocolate
Crystal - Simpson, Briess

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Re: Best Malt Brands
« Reply #23 on: July 02, 2015, 07:29:41 AM »
I'm liking my Best Pils malt for all my Lagers along with their Dark Munich and Red X.

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Re: Best Malt Brands
« Reply #24 on: July 02, 2015, 09:38:07 AM »
The LHBS carries Malteurop 2 row. This is a NA 2-row that is made in the old ADM maltings that Malteurop purchased. Can't beat the price, those that have used it like it. I have a bag to use.
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Re: Best Malt Brands
« Reply #25 on: July 02, 2015, 10:28:09 AM »
I've had good results with Castle (Belgian Pils).  I also like Simpsons for crystal malts.
The sack of this I bought was full of chaff.  I felt the need to winnow it before using.  I took a box fan and poured the grain through the breeze.  It didn't seem right to buy so much imported material that ended up straight in the compost.  Perhaps I got the bottom of the grain elevator, but I've been afraid to buy another.

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Re: Best Malt Brands
« Reply #26 on: Today at 11:57:16 AM »
Slowly making my way through all the posts and topics I missed while on our RV trip earlier this month. So I know this is late but here is my .02:

My bins are stocked right now with:
    Crisp MO: 1st sack, no previous exp with MO, but have loved the 2 brews I used it in
    Weyerman Munich I&II: I like what they bring compared to the domestic (likely Briess that I used before buying these)
    Avangard Pilsner: just picked up my second sack, been very happy with it
    Rahr 2 row: also just picked up 2nd sack of this. Have not been able to pick out differences between this and Briess(my first sack of 2 row)

I am still new enough to just be playing around with whatever style interests me and have not duplicated many recipes, so again, this is just what I have on hand after hearing so many suggestions here over the last 2 years
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Re: Best Malt Brands
« Reply #27 on: Today at 02:12:15 PM »
My local stores carry Briess, Dingeman and Weyermann so that pretty much all I use.
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