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Old 11-06-2012, 12:09 AM   #1
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I'm about to order as part of a group buy and I'm looking for some insight.

I'm focusing on Vienna and Munich in particular, and I mostly use these 2 pounds at a time for a 5 gal batch.

However, I do have an altbier on my list to brew, as well as a doppelbock.

What should I buy?

The difference in price is not great, just looking to see your thoughts.

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I'm about to order as part of a group buy and I'm looking for some insight.

I'm focusing on Vienna and Munich in particular, and I mostly use these 2 pounds at a time for a 5 gal batch.

However, I do have an altbier on my list to brew, as well as a doppelbock.

What should I buy?

The difference in price is not great, just looking to see your thoughts.
For German style beers, then yes, I think getting a German malt is great. If you're using a little Vienna malt in an IPA for an enhancement, then the maltster doesn't matter as much.

For the price difference, I'd definitely go with Weyermann for the Munich malt. I like Franco-Belges for Vienna malt, but that's just me.
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:26 AM   #3
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Unfortunately weyermann isn't on the list...best malz, Franco, bairds are the only European maltsters. I was looking at the best malz Munich and Vienna as the European option, whereas Canada malting for the alternative, but I can get great western or briess as well.

I've never used any of these maltsters, my lhbs doesn't carry these brands except briess.

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Unfortunately weyermann isn't on the list...best malz, Franco, bairds are the only European maltsters. I was looking at the best malz Munich and Vienna as the European option, whereas Canada malting for the alternative, but I can get great western or briess as well.

I've never used any of these maltsters, my lhbs doesn't carry these brands except briess.
I'm not wild about Briess, but I use it because it's often all I have available. I much prefer Rahr for US two row, than Briess. Their Vienna is ok for US beers using it in small amounts.

I haven't used Best Malz so I can't say anything about that.
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Of course they are, they're German!

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I'm about to order as part of a group buy and I'm looking for some insight.

I'm focusing on Vienna and Munich in particular, and I mostly use these 2 pounds at a time for a 5 gal batch.

However, I do have an altbier on my list to brew, as well as a doppelbock.

What should I buy?

The difference in price is not great, just looking to see your thoughts.
Better than what?

If you are brewing German beers the German malts are going to be far superior to a domestic, North American malt. The typical domestic Munichs are made from 6-row malt, kilned much darker than German versions and are really only suited for specialty malt use and for that only if you cannot obtain the real thing. Both Weyermann and Best are excellent. Franco-Belge is French and Baird's is British. Franco is almost certainly good but I've only used their caramel malts. Baird's makes excellent malts but their strength is in the UK styles. Go with the German for your alt and bock.
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Thanks for all the advice! I'll go with Best Munich and probably their Vienna as well.

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For the Alt I brewed, I used a base of Weyerman Pils, couple lbs of Global Dark Munich 12L, half lb of Caramunich, and just a splash of RB & chocolate. That beer really is lovely, too bad I have only 12 bottles left.

I have tried brewing Kolsch's and Okto's with base of Rahr 2row (what I use in most other brews) and they just don't compare to the real German Pils or Vienna base malts.

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I have used best maltz and it is very good quality.

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