Pilsner Malts

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  1. Bulin's Milker Bucket Brews

    Bulin's Milker Bucket Brews Well-Known Member

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    I've used Viking Pils for my base malt up to this point. Currently morebeer is out of stock, I can get Briess or Avangard from my local(ish) shop for a comparable price.

    What are your thoughts on those options? I'll use the last of my Viking Pils this weekend...
     
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    Cant say I've tried either exclusively on the other side of the globe ha ha but I see brulosophy use avangard...
     
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    That would seem like a pretty good endorsement.
     
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    Avangard Malt is from Germany and Briess is from the US. Unless Briess sourced barley or malt from Europe, the Briess malt will have a lighter flavor since the barley is from North America. European malts are generally more plump and slightly larger. Depends on the beer, if you want a little more malt character, then use Avangard.
     
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    Go with the Avangard. It's my go-to Pilsner malt.
     
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    From a perception perspective I don't believe you'll see a difference. I have gold medals from NHC for Belgian beers using American Pilsner and as a BJCP Judge myself I can't detect differences when in a finished beer. In malt teas I can but once you add yeast, hops and other fermentables the ability to perceive a difference is dramatically reduced.
     
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    True, that...
     
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    Have you considered Viking Extra Pale 2-row? It's the same SRM as their pilsner. It is higher in diastatic power due to the germination process, but likely very close to their pilsner.
     
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    It makes a very noticeable difference in light lagers. American malts are lighter in flavor than German malt. I could see that being diminished in Belgian styles with the added flavors from the yeast esters.
     
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    Light lagers I can see since there's nothing to hide behind.
     
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    Thanks for the input guys, think I'll pick up a sack of the Avangard, like that it's a semi local shop that sells it and it's only $1 more than a bag of Breiss.
     
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