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Old 08-20-2008, 09:46 PM   #1
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Is there an appropriate sub for carapils?
.5# on a 10 gal batch.

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Old 08-20-2008, 09:52 PM   #2
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You could add a little maltodextrin to add body, which what I presume the carapils does for that recipe. Some flaked barley would help as well.

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Old 08-20-2008, 09:53 PM   #3
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Wheat will improve head retention (assuming that is what you wanted the cara pils for.)

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Old 08-20-2008, 11:51 PM   #4
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Carahell is another option. Just a touch darker than carapils

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Old 08-21-2008, 12:08 AM   #5
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or carafoam

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Old 08-21-2008, 05:22 AM   #6
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+1 to carafoam. Carapils is a trade name, I believe -- carafoam is similar stuff with a different name.

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Old 08-21-2008, 06:54 AM   #7
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Thanks guys we are going to the store and get some carapils.

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Found this one here and thought I would revive it.

Can CaraRed sub for CaraPils?

Surprise, Surprise, can't get CaraPils in Japan and all the recipes I want to try use it.

Any suggestions?

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Carapils is normally added for two reasons, 1: add body, 2: head retention. You can get the same effect by adding various malts or others that are supposed to do the same thing. To add body you can use any Chrystal malt, though it may give you some perceived sweetness. The best combo was already mentioned, with a 50/50 mix of flaked barley and flaked wheat. If you add a quarter pound of each I think you could effectively achieve the result you wanted without any flavor or color adjustments.

Unless of course you are an extract brewer, in which case the two adjuncts will not work. You can do a mini mash with those grains so the barley's enzymes will convert the starch in the flaked corn. I would say your best bet then would be to go with a Chrystal 10 / flaked wheat mix. The Wheat wouldn't convert but the components that contribute to head retention would still work in the beer.

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Old 11-30-2010, 09:46 PM   #10
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Kammee, thanks! That's all I needed to know.

I'm pretty sure I can get those here.

If I can't, and I don't add the CaraPils, will the world end?

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