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Old 03-14-2011, 08:23 PM   #1
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Default Janet's Brown Ale - Extract Version

Originally posted in Beginners -- -this seems like the more appropriate place

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I am planning on brewing Janet's Brown Ale from Brewing Classic Styles soon and I have a question.

The recipe calls for 1.25 lb of Carapils.

I plan on using Briess Golden Light LME...which contains an unspecified amount of Carapils (according to their site).

Should I compensate for this fact by cutting back on the steeped Carapils?

If so, by what amount?

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I'd cut it out completely. Extract beers (especially stronger ones) tend to end up sweeter than all grain beers (although with the high mash temp and all that crystal I didn't really care for the original version of the recipe that I brewed).

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Maybe I don't understand what Carapils does. I thought it contributed to mouthfeel and head retention, but not flavor or color.

Where does the sweetness come into play?

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It primarily adds dextrins which add body, sweetness, and mouthfeel. These are the same longer chains of sugar molecules that you get from mashing higher, or adding malto-dextrin.

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