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.
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.
I am looking to buy a 50# bag myself... Can I ask where you found that price from?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).
Place was north country malt. However - they recently changed their policy about selling to homebrewers because they just acquired brewers best, or some company similar in name. Anyway, they told me if I had bought from them before I would have been able to still buy, but they are not taking on any new homebrew customers, only commercial ones. See this post, I was trying to see if I could get somebody to pal up for a group buy.I am looking to buy a 50# bag myself... Can I ask where you found that price from?
I'm pretty sure hopville is wrong on this: I noticed the other day when I built a recipe with Briess, but the LHBS only had Munton's. So I bought it, and everything changed in hopville. I noticed that it lists the PPG for Munton's at something like 35. I asked a few people, read around, and any kind of DME should provide around 45 PPG. Changing the default PPG value fixed the gravity values for the recipe.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.