Originally Posted by dmbshen41
I was thinking possibly substituting for a chocolate grain, it might make a bit less bitter but I'm wanting to brew tomorrow so i have no time to order on line, the recipe is a mock of a holiday spice
- 6lbs dark lme
-3.3lbs amber lme
-8oz caramel 60l grains
-80z special b grains (that I don't have)
-1oz vanguard bittering hops
-1oz cascade hops
-1tsp nutmeg and ginger
Any advice on substituting chocolate for special b would be great!!
Chocolate malt will actually add more bitterness than Special B. Special B is sweet and gives a raisin/plumb flavor, where as Chocolate malt will give chocolate and coffee flavors. You can substitute chocolate if you like, but it will completely change the profile of the beer. As mentioned before, Crystal 120 is probably the closest you will get to Special B.