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lcaillouet 12-02-2006 08:45 PM

Pabst Blue Ribbon Malt
I am trying to buy some Pabst Blue Ribbon Malt for my uncle for Christmas. He used to make beer a long time ago and has all the equipment but says he can't find this malt. We are in the New Orleans area and there used to be a beer making place in the city but since the storm it no longer exists. I saw someone mention this malt in this forum. Does anyone know if this is still available and if there is a place on the internet I can buy it from? I am not even sure if it is still available. If not is there something any of you would recommend that might be comparable?

RoaringBrewer 12-03-2006 04:36 AM

Hahaha... PBR has its own branded/named malt? Never would have guessed...

homebrewer_99 12-03-2006 04:53 AM

That's how they got through Prohibition, by producing malts...;)

Bernie Brewer 12-03-2006 01:23 PM


Originally Posted by homebrewer_99
That's how they got through Prohibition, by producing malts...;)

and extracts........

McCall St. Brewer 12-03-2006 01:38 PM

Just did a quick Google search an was not successful. I suspect that since Pabst Brewing is no more and the brand only exists to be brewed by another brewing company (Miller?) they most likely no longer sell malt extract.

david_42 12-03-2006 02:21 PM

I've checked all of my recipe databases & not a one. I haven't had a PBR in about 25 years, so I don't remember what it tasted like, which might be a good thing. ;) An American light lager kit from Austin would be a good place to start.

EvilTOJ 12-03-2006 03:36 PM

I've had plenty of PBR, and to me it's always tasted like slightly beer flavored cardboard soda. It's the 'in' thing at the bars around here to order it as an 'anti-beer' (fight the power of craft breweries, man!:rockin: )

I looked on eBay. I think the freshest thing you'll find that's PBR extract is from the 1950's.

david_42 12-03-2006 05:50 PM

But the question is: is it corn-swill, rice-swill, wheat-swill or cane sugar?

hkohl 09-26-2008 09:40 AM

PBR malt
EC Kraus.com has the malt now named "Primier". Happy brewing!

Bob 09-26-2008 10:19 AM

That's the stuff! Though at $16.40 per 2.2 lb tin, it's pricier than imported extract syrups. I might just get some to give the old Prohibition Bathtub Pilsner a try!

Pabst and Premier merged in 1932. Blue Ribbon was the nation’s most popular brand of malt extract. Premier Malt Products, Inc., a Decatur, Ill. company produced the malt extract, having snatched the words “blue ribbon” from Pabst, maker of Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer. Malt extract obviously was associated in the public’s mind with beer because of the prevalent use to which the product was being put—so that confusion was bound to have occurred as to the source of Blue Ribbon Malt Extract, despite a federal appeals court pronouncement to the contrary.

Now Pabst is still brewing, though no longer at Pabst-owned breweries (the last Pabst brewery closed in 2001). PBR is produced by SAB/Miller.

Ain't history neat? As a side note, the last Pabst brewery to close is the one in Fogelsville, PA. Boston Beer purchased it from Diageo this year; now Samuel Adams beers are flowing therefrom. My wife and I drove by it on Tuesday - it's right on I-78 - and steam was filling the sky from the mashtun stacks. Almost brought tears to my eyes, that did.


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