Briess or Muntons - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Extract Brewing > Briess or Muntons

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-11-2008, 12:40 AM   #1
chemist308
Recipes 
 
Jan 2008
Poconos, PA
Posts: 239
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts



Which DME is better, Briess or Muntons? I ask because Briess runs quite a bit cheaper.
__________________
Primary Fermenter 1: Beer

Primary Fermenter 2: Empty

Secondary Fermenter: Empty

Bottled: ESB Stout

Drinking: Nothing

alliloop Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2008, 01:27 AM   #2
Jaeger48
Recipes 
 
Dec 2007
Lynnwood, WA
Posts: 178
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


I've used Briess for 2 batches and haven't had a problem. I'd check the date on the can though to make sure you have fresh supplies. That concern is why I went to Briess DME.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2008, 01:45 AM   #3
Iordz
Recipes 
 
Aug 2007
Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 955
Liked 6 Times on 3 Posts


Briess is used in most American styles while Muntons in British styles. They have different flavors, one is not, necessarily, better that the other. Briess is made from American barley (I think) so it should have a very neutral, clean flavor. Muntons is made with British barley and has a biscuity flavor, since the malt is kilned differently. I would say if you want to make a bitter, use Muntons, if you want to make an IPA, use Briess.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2008, 01:54 AM   #4
adx
 
adx's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2007
Scaggsville, MD
Posts: 925
Liked 15 Times on 4 Posts


This might be old information, but I recently read somewhere that Briess uses American 6-row for their extracts. Not sure about Mutons.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2008, 04:24 PM   #5
Gedvondur
 
Gedvondur's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2007
Green Bay WI
Posts: 135
Liked 3 Times on 1 Posts


My co-brewer and I have used both Muntons and Briess extensively.


In beers we reproduce, we have been unable to detected any real flavor difference or difference in fermentability between Muntons and Briess.

Briess itself is located in Chilton, Wisconsin, my neck of the woods. They have a nice page on their brewing products.

http://www.briess.com/brew/index.shtml


We have bought Briess in bulk and keep it sealed in five gallon plastic buckets that have rubber seals. Briess does not sell direct, but you can get the bulk through Northern Brewer. (www.northernbrewer.com)

For us the choice was easy, the Briess is cheaper and there is no noticeable difference using it over Muntons. On top of that its a local company for us, and we like to support the local businesses. Muntons is imported.


All that being said, I liked the Muntons too. I find DME to be superior to LME in nearly every single way and I don't think you could go wrong with either Briess or Muntons.



Gedvondur
__________________
Natural 20 Brewery

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2011, 12:05 AM   #6
brewit2it
Recipes 
 
Jan 2011
Glendora, CA
Posts: 862
Liked 15 Times on 14 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Gedvondur View Post
My co-brewer and I have used both Muntons and Briess extensively.


In beers we reproduce, we have been unable to detected any real flavor difference or difference in fermentability between Muntons and Briess.

Briess itself is located in Chilton, Wisconsin, my neck of the woods. They have a nice page on their brewing products.

http://www.briess.com/brew/index.shtml


We have bought Briess in bulk and keep it sealed in five gallon plastic buckets that have rubber seals. Briess does not sell direct, but you can get the bulk through Northern Brewer. (www.northernbrewer.com)

For us the choice was easy, the Briess is cheaper and there is no noticeable difference using it over Muntons. On top of that its a local company for us, and we like to support the local businesses. Muntons is imported.


All that being said, I liked the Muntons too. I find DME to be superior to LME in nearly every single way and I don't think you could go wrong with either Briess or Muntons.


Gedvondur

I was with you 100% until the last sentence. To me LME has the potential to be fresher and closer to what you start with in AG brewing. The place I have been buying from doesn't sell the LME in cans but rather in O2 barrier bags and sells so much of it that it is never more than a week or 2 old. Where as DME will definitely have a longer shelf life but is much more likely to be older, more processed, and more likely to have been exposed to light and O2. I don't have any evidence that the fresh LME makes supperior beer but I feel good about using freshly made malt rather than reconstituted.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2011, 05:18 PM   #7
bobbrews
Recipes 
 
Jan 2011
Sierra, Nevada
Posts: 4,034
Liked 439 Times on 350 Posts


Briess has a higher sugar content than Muntons. To see for yourself, build a recipe using hopville. A balanced recipe with Muntons will be unbalanced when you swap it for Briess. I prefer Muntons because you have more flexibility to convert more sugars from grain if doing a partial mash.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2011, 08:26 PM   #8
CidahMastah
 
CidahMastah's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2010
, New York
Posts: 4,240
Liked 42 Times on 39 Posts


I am actually looking at buying some briess DME bulk at wholesale cost ($98 for 50lb bag + ~15 shipping per bag). I haven't used briess yet, but have used muntons. at about $2.26 per lb it is tempting (actually $2.42 per lb with NY tax).

If someone thinks there is a big flavor difference please let me know, I am on the edge of grabbing some bags. My LHBS and online places seem to all have muntons and some briess LME. I did use briess LME in an AHS arrogant bastard clone, but haven't tried it yet. Never have use Briess DME
__________________
Man,... That's a lotta hooch!
Steel rig in progress
ebuild info

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2011, 05:17 PM   #9
wizardofwoz
Recipes 
 
Sep 2010
Cleveland, OH
Posts: 10

Quote:
Originally Posted by CidahMastah View Post
I am actually looking at buying some briess DME bulk at wholesale cost ($98 for 50lb bag + ~15 shipping per bag). I haven't used briess yet, but have used muntons. at about $2.26 per lb it is tempting (actually $2.42 per lb with NY tax).
I am looking to buy a 50# bag myself... Can I ask where you found that price from?
Thanks

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2011, 06:08 PM   #10
edmanster
Whats Under Your Kilt
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
edmanster's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2011
Taylorsville, Utah
Posts: 1,723
Liked 84 Times on 66 Posts


You will also have a higher OG with DME over LME per pound used due to moisture in the LME but I agree LME is fresher most the time from my LHBS...
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by cadarnell
'how will i explain this to my kids' ... if i have to ask that, then i think my kids are in trouble ... just my 2 cents ... HAVE A BEER !!!
Father of 4 girls

Suffers from Zymocenosilicaphobia

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Briess, Muntons, or Crisp? Beerthoven Recipes/Ingredients 9 01-14-2010 04:22 AM
briess 2-row pale malt versus briess pale ale malt BuzzCraft Recipes/Ingredients 3 05-02-2009 12:10 AM
Briess 2-Row among other things realestatecat Extract Brewing 2 12-20-2008 07:45 PM
Briess or Rahr 2-row? drunkatuw Recipes/Ingredients 21 01-20-2008 09:20 PM
Briess vs. Muntons smizak Recipes/Ingredients 0 01-14-2008 03:19 PM


Forum Jump