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Old 07-09-2011, 10:32 PM   #1
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I just ordered a homemade recipe from AustinHomebrew. Accidentally got 1.5 lbs of Carapils in the recipe bag, instead of 0.5, and noticed it too late to correct it.

I am tempted to just go ahead and use the recipe, but does anyone know what happens with too much carapils? Weird flavors? extra graininess? Heads that never settle? I think you're supposed to limit carapils to 5% and i'm looking at roughly 13.5%

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Old 07-09-2011, 10:45 PM   #2
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It'll probably be a bit less fermentable. You could probably correct for it by mashing a couple degrees lower. I'm no expert, though.. never tried making a beer with too much carapils. If you're really worried about it, you could just order the same recipe again sans carapils and make 10 gallons with a friend. :P

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I just ordered a homemade recipe from AustinHomebrew. Accidentally got 1.5 lbs of Carapils in the recipe bag, instead of 0.5, and noticed it too late to correct it.

I am tempted to just go ahead and use the recipe, but does anyone know what happens with too much carapils? Weird flavors? extra graininess? Heads that never settle? I think you're supposed to limit carapils to 5% and i'm looking at roughly 13.5%
Is there some reason why you have to use the entire 1.5bls rather than holding back 1lb for another brew day?
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Old 07-09-2011, 11:15 PM   #4
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Is there some reason why you have to use the entire 1.5bls rather than holding back 1lb for another brew day?
Probably had it come premilled and mixed together.
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Old 07-09-2011, 11:35 PM   #5
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Yeah, AustinHomebrew is so rad they assemble your stuff in recipe bags if you indicate such. I did, not realizing I'd made the error of 1.5 carapils instead 0.5 carapils. So basically, it's already in the bag with my pilsner and rye malts.

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I was thinking of mashing lower. I usually mash at 158, mostly out of habit, since I'm no expert on mashing levels (I do partial/mini-mash beers, so I'm not as concerned about efficiency as you all-grain guys). I could do the mash at 154 and hope that compensates.

Love the buy the same recipe without carapils and make 10 gallons idea, but don't have the necessary space for brewing 10 in my apartment. Could of course combined the orders, thoroughly mix them together, and then split it back in half.

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I was thinking of mashing lower. I usually mash at 158, mostly out of habit, since I'm no expert on mashing levels (I do partial/mini-mash beers, so I'm not as concerned about efficiency as you all-grain guys). I could do the mash at 154 and hope that compensates.

Love the buy the same recipe without carapils and make 10 gallons idea, but don't have the necessary space for brewing 10 in my apartment. Could of course combined the orders, thoroughly mix them together, and then split it back in half.
158 is too high bud. Try 152-154. Although This will not help to convert the Cara-pils.
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Old 07-10-2011, 12:11 AM   #8
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You can use a vial of White Labs Ultra-Ferm in the mash (I'd add it about halfway through) to break up some of the unfermentable dextrins into fermentable sugars. If you don't have any or can't find it, Beano will do in a pinch, but I don't know what temperature it works at best. Whatever enzyme you decide on, use it pre-boil, otherwise it'll keep in working and leave you with a very thin beer.

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Probably had it come premilled and mixed together.

Ah...that would explain it.
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Yeah, AustinHomebrew is so rad they assemble your stuff in recipe bags if you indicate such. I did, not realizing I'd made the error of 1.5 carapils instead 0.5 carapils. So basically, it's already in the bag with my pilsner and rye malts.
Thanks. Haven't ever bought a kit from them. Didn't realize the grains came pre-mixed.
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