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Old 04-23-2009, 07:38 PM   #1
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Anybody used CaraRed in a malt bill?
I used two pounds with some mid range crystal and about 9# of base malt, We finally acheived a real Red beer putting comercial versions like killians and murphys to shame.

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Old 04-23-2009, 07:50 PM   #2
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good to hear that you got a real red. i've trying to rework my Irish Red to create a real red hue to it. I've gotten close but just not where i want it, and the next attempt was going to be to use some CaraRed.

any pics of the beer?

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Old 04-23-2009, 11:30 PM   #3
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I'm brewing up a batch of red in a week with 1/2 lb. CaraRed in it.
I tried to get it from the LHBS, and was told to use 20L crystal instead. I bought the CaraRed on-line. I figured that the original recipe called for it, why deviate first time out ?

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I'm brewing up a batch of red in a week with 1/2 lb. CaraRed in it.
I tried to get it from the LHBS, and was told to use 20L crystal instead. I bought the CaraRed on-line. I figured that the original recipe called for it, why deviate first time out ?
My first Irish Red was combo of 20L and 40L.. didnt get quite red. I revised it again and went all 20L.. still not red, but made a good amber. I'd definitely be curious to see what the 1/2lb CaraRed does for you.
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Old 05-05-2009, 02:43 PM   #5
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Crystal wont do it.. At best it may look like a killians, but really that is not red. CaraRed is the way to go at least 1 pound, 2 is better and it gives it good mouthfeel like a red should have.

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Old 05-05-2009, 04:10 PM   #6
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I would love to see a pic of someone brew with some CaraRed in it if anyone has one they are willing to share.

I've been thinking of cutting my crystal down to half a pound and going with a 1/2 to 1lb of carared on the next brew with maybe 2oz of roasted barley.

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Old 05-05-2009, 04:26 PM   #7
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Anybody used CaraRed in a malt bill?
I used two pounds with some mid range crystal and about 9# of base malt, We finally acheived a real Red beer putting comercial versions like killians and murphys to shame.
Mine posting the exact grain bill/recipe? I'm imagining 8 oz. Crystal 40, 2 lb. CaraRed, and 9 lb. Maris Otter. How far off am I?
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Old 05-05-2009, 06:01 PM   #8
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Carared is great in an amber at about 15-20% of the total grist. I never really liked ambers til I started using carared.

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are cara pills same as caraRed?

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Redish grains:

Munich
Vienna
Wheat

Small amounts of roasted barley or higher crystal malts, too.

The lower crystals do not impart any red hue at all, in my experience.

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