is crystal 80 the same as 2row caramel 80?
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Crystal and caramel malts are the same thing. They taste different based on who makes them.
Briess malts come in 6-row and 2-row http://www.brewingwithbriess.com/Pro..._Malts.htm#80L
What brands are you looking at?
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Yes, crystal and caramel are different names for the same thing.
Depending on the maltster, you'll also see "cara" for those types of malts, like carastan, carared.
a recipe said crystal 80 and I couldn't find that at the stores I go to... thanks guys!!!
There are several very good guides on the web for malt.
Here is a nice one I found just nowhttp://www.onebeer.net/grainchart.html