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Old 01-17-2008, 05:25 PM   #1
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I've been shopping around and it seems that Briess 2-row is usually 25% more than Rahr. Maybe this is because I'm in MN and Rahr is produced here, but I was wondering about the quality difference between the two?

Unfortunately, my LHBS only carries Briess sacks for $45, but there's a chance I'll be driving up to Minneapolis this weekend and I could pick up a sack (or two) or Rahr for only $29.95.

Any one brew with both and prefer one over the other?

 
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Old 01-17-2008, 05:28 PM   #2
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just my preference, but I stay away from Briess whenever possible

 
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Old 01-17-2008, 05:30 PM   #3
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I have never brewed with Rahr, but in general it seems it is much less expensive than Briess. I think Briess is a good malt for American style Ales in general. I'd give the Rahr a shot, as I can't imagine it being 'bad'. $30 is not expensive at all. I think the rule of thumb is that better quality often equals higher price, but there are exceptions to the rule. Unless someone who has used it can tell you it if it is a 'bad' malt, I'd say go for it.
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Old 01-17-2008, 05:32 PM   #4
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just my preference, but I stay away from Briess whenever possible

Have you had a bad experience with them? I can say that their Munich Malt is terribly low in dp, but the Pale Ale malt I had a sack of was good so I am wondering why you feel this way.
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Old 01-17-2008, 05:32 PM   #5
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I use rahr as the base for all of my beers due to price. I have brewed with Briss 2-row and Great Western 2-row, and don't notice any difference in the end product. One of the smaller local micros here (Mountain/Southern Sun) uses Rahr as base, if it is good enough for them...

 
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Old 01-17-2008, 05:38 PM   #6
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Have you had a bad experience with them? I can say that their Munich Malt is terribly low in dp, but the Pale Ale malt I had a sack of was good so I am wondering why you feel this way.

I just feel that the final taste is bland compared to other similarly prices malts. And that goes for the base malts and the specialty malts

 
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Old 01-17-2008, 06:01 PM   #7
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I have used both and have had good experiences with both. So purely on price, get yourself a deal I'd say.

 
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Old 01-17-2008, 06:14 PM   #8
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The local microbrewery I've worked at has had sacks of both Briess and Rahr. When we opened the sacks of each, we noticed that the Rahr kernels were less plump, indicative of a not-so-good growing year. The Briess was fuller than the Rahr overall. Now maybe it's just a fluke for a specific harvest, but when we had used the Rahr, we had problems with the grain bed because of the comparably smaller kernel size.

Take it however you like, but as a result, I've only bought Briess so far for my own home brewing purposes and had no real issues. However, I might try Rahr next, since it's a good bit cheaper and I would like to see how it compares on the home brew front.

 
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Old 01-17-2008, 06:23 PM   #9
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I have used both and they seemed interchangeable to me, I tend to think of the Breiss and the more premium malt just from what I have read and pricing. I havent opened the 100lbs i just got from Midwest, but for some reason I am thinking it will be Rahr like i normally get from NB

 
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Old 01-17-2008, 10:45 PM   #10
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Rahr is fine. I interchange on base grains pretty frequently when the budget warrants it.

 
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