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Old 02-26-2011, 01:01 AM   #1
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Default Brewer's Crystals

anyone ever try these and have any 2cents on these:

"Granulated corn syrup solids with dextrose mostly converted to maltose, ~56%. This sugar mimics
the fermentable/unfermentable ratio of sugars of barley malt wort. A good gravity booster when
additional alcohol and dextrines are desired but additional malt flavor, aroma and color are not.
(871-E-1) Brewer's Crystals 55 pound bag $40.65"

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Old 02-26-2011, 04:54 AM   #2
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Don't buy it. Sounds like the 'Booster' from Mr. Beer.

Give no malt flavor, just some extra alcohol + unfementables. maybe a little body.

Boost your beers with Malt extract. Even Mr. Beer says to use malt extract in place of the booster to improve their beers. The fermentability is about the same.

If you buy it, you might use a couple of lbs per brew for a few beers, but will soon decide you would prefer not to use it, but you will have 40 lbs of it left, that you will be obliged to use ... knowing that you are using sub-standard ingredients just to use them up.

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Old 02-28-2011, 02:13 PM   #3
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... knowing that you are using sub-standard ingredients just to use them up.
I guess Surly Brewing uses "sub-standard" ingredients too, seeing as their "A" rated IIPA, Abrasive Ale, uses brewer's crystals...

I'm interested where OP found brewer's crystals as I've only seen a couple online retailers selling it.
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Old 04-20-2011, 12:19 AM   #4
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I saw these at the LHBS earlier today. A friend of mine has demanded something along the lines of Zima (don't ask me why, I guess just cause you can't buy it any more). Perhaps this might work well for that kind of application?

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It's the same stuff that AHS uses for their alcohol boost packs.

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