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Bulk International Base Malts



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For the serious brewer with a flair for the exotic, save big purchasing full sacks of these base malts from around the globe. We source these malts from the finest malting houses the world over - maltsters like Weyermann® and Schill from Germany, Crisp and Simpsons from the UK, Dingemans and Castle from Belgium and many more. These base malts will lend an authentic character to your German lagers, British bitters, Belgian abbey ales, or anything else you can dream up. For truly distinctive regional flavor, these international base malts are your ticket to a wide world of exceptional homebrew.

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Base malts make up the majority of the grist in all-grain beer. This group includes pale malt, Pilsner malt, Vienna malt, Munich malt, Mild ale malt, and more; there are also non-barley base malts like wheat malt and rye malt.

Base malts can be named based on the formation of corns on the barley stalk (2-row vs. 6-row), the barley variety (e.g., Maris Otter, Golden Promise, etc), or the region in which the barley was grown or malted (America, England, Moravia, etc).

American base malt is generally mild and fairly neutral; British malts tend to be maltier, bready, and biscuit-like. The European climate gives malts made from Continental barley a clean, “elegant” character. Pilsner malt has a soft, delicate maltiness that practically defines pale lagers. “High-kilned” (heated to a higher temperature at the end of the malting process) base malts are responsible for the dark, malty lagers of Europe and have found a home in many ales because of their unique character. Munich and Vienna malts are the prime examples of high-kilned malts, although mild ale malt belongs to this category too. The darker color lends these malts a more toasty, malty flavor than you get from lighter base malts.

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I buy several different grains in bulk to have on hand to use for my base malts. I have used and enjoyed the bohemian pilsner, german vienna, pilsner, and munich, and of course maris otter.
February 14, 2016
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Who is the maltster on the products labeled German Pilsner, Germany Pale Ale, German Vienna, German Munich, etc?
A shopper on Feb 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The German Pilsner is Salzgitter German Pilsner malt; the German Pale Ale malt is Weyermann Pale Ale malt; the German Vienna is the Schill Vienna malt; the German Munich is the Best Malz Munich malt.
How many pounds of grain in bulk bags??
E D on Oct 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: International malts are typically 55 lb while domestic malts are typically 50 lb.
How about the German Pilsner, what brand?
Mike Y on Nov 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I'm not sure about why they sent this question my way, because I purchased the Weyermann Barke Pils malt and it was identified as such.
Whole or crushed ?
Dave S on Jul 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Highly recommend buying whole and crushing right before mashing. Make the best, freshest home brew you can. You can really taste the difference!
So, "German Munich Malt." What does that mean? Is it from a particular company... or just some nebulous location in Germany?
Hoobie S on Sep 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The German munich that we are currently offering is by Best Malz. You can find its product page on the site under that name.
The recipe for Northy 12 calls for Belgian Pilsen Malt, but the bulk malts list a Belgian Pilsner Malt. Is that the product I should be using? What's the difference between pilsen and pilsner?
A shopper on Oct 23, 2017

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