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#1 Bklmt2000

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 09:28 AM

I recall that several of you (especially Brother Ken) have used Swaen pils malt in the past and really liked it, so I ordered a couple of bags this past Saturday.

 

But, have any of you used Swaen's light Munich? 

 

I bought a bag since I'm nearly out of Munich, and it seems like a good malt from the few online reviews I found.

 

But I'm curious to hear from those of youse who've actually used it and how you liked it.


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Posted 10 December 2018 - 09:57 AM

No, not the Munich.  I've gone through 2 sacks of the pilsner and one sack of the 'pale ale' malt... or maybe they just call it 'ale' malt.  I would call their pilsner malt "good".  It has made numerous good batches of beer but it's probably not any better than say Avangard or Best Malz.  I still say Weyermann Barke pils has produced the best pilsner malt-based beers.  The ale malt just seemed like regular old 2-row malt to me, nothing special.  I also picked up something called SWAEN GOLD HELL which I think is their version of CaraHell.  It seems like a good malt as well.  Their site would make you believe that they are a serious high-end maltster.  I think they're a good maltster but I'll be honest and say I bought it because of the price point at LP.  



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Posted 10 December 2018 - 11:33 AM

No, not the Munich.  I've gone through 2 sacks of the pilsner and one sack of the 'pale ale' malt... or maybe they just call it 'ale' malt.  I would call their pilsner malt "good".  It has made numerous good batches of beer but it's probably not any better than say Avangard or Best Malz.  I still say Weyermann Barke pils has produced the best pilsner malt-based beers.  The ale malt just seemed like regular old 2-row malt to me, nothing special.  I also picked up something called SWAEN GOLD HELL which I think is their version of CaraHell.  It seems like a good malt as well.  Their site would make you believe that they are a serious high-end maltster.  I think they're a good maltster but I'll be honest and say I bought it because of the price point at LP.  

 

That's the spot I'm in; the price was too good to pass up, especially since Avangard pils was ~$4-5/sack more, so I figured "WTH" and sprung for the Swaen. 

 

If Swaen ends up being "meh", then I'll go back to Avangard and fork out the extra dough.

 

I do wish LP would carry Weyermann products; what I find strange is they have a section for Weyermann grains, yet when you click on that link, there's no Weyermann products to display.  Weird.


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Posted 10 December 2018 - 11:46 AM

That's the spot I'm in; the price was too good to pass up, especially since Avangard pils was ~$4-5/sack more, so I figured "WTH" and sprung for the Swaen. 

 

If Swaen ends up being "meh", then I'll go back to Avangard and fork out the extra dough.

 

I do wish LP would carry Weyermann products; what I find strange is they have a section for Weyermann grains, yet when you click on that link, there's no Weyermann products to display.  Weird.

I've noticed that Weyermann weirdness on their site.  They may have carried them at one point and then stopped.  I figure that if a new malt comes out that seems decent and the price point is okay, I'll try it... it's only beer.  If the beers don't come out well, maybe I don't buy that brand anymore.  I supposed you could also play it safe and order 10# of it first so you're not stuck with 50-55 pounds of a malt you don't care for.  What still surprises me is that I got a 55lb sack of Barke Pilsner malt from one of my LHBSs for $64 and this Golden Promise I bought yesterday at another supplier was $90.  Sheesh.  The things we do for beer.  :D



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Posted 10 December 2018 - 12:04 PM

I've noticed that Weyermann weirdness on their site.  They may have carried them at one point and then stopped.  I figure that if a new malt comes out that seems decent and the price point is okay, I'll try it... it's only beer.  If the beers don't come out well, maybe I don't buy that brand anymore.  I supposed you could also play it safe and order 10# of it first so you're not stuck with 50-55 pounds of a malt you don't care for.  What still surprises me is that I got a 55lb sack of Barke Pilsner malt from one of my LHBSs for $64 and this Golden Promise I bought yesterday at another supplier was $90.  Sheesh.  The things we do for beer.  :D

 

True dat.  Almost legitimizes spousal complaining about how much time I spend on beer stuff.

 

Almost.


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