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Old 04-02-2012, 01:39 PM   #1
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I'm new to homebrewing (i've made 2 batches) and am working on a simple cream ale. What I've come up with (beer smith) uses a pound carapils and a pound flaked maize. Reading around I've noticed some talk about corn and carapils having conflicting qualities. But I've struggled to figure out what this means. What am I missing?



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Old 04-02-2012, 01:44 PM   #2
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I'm new to homebrewing (i've made 2 batches) and am working on a simple cream ale. What I've come up with (beer smith) uses a pound carapils and a pound flaked maize. Reading around I've noticed some talk about corn and carapils having conflicting qualities. But I've struggled to figure out what this means. What am I missing?
Carapils is used for head retention and foam stability in beer. Corn gives a very light flavor and is used to lighten the body of a beer.


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I think of Carapils as adding a little body, too. That may be where the perceived conflict comes into play; carapils adds a little body, corn lightens it up. You can also use a small amount of wheat malt (like, a half-pound) to help enhance head retention/stability, and wheat doesn't really add to the body (and the beer won't taste "wheaty" at that quantity).

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Old 04-02-2012, 03:06 PM   #4
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thanks, that answers my question precisely.

based on your comments, the_bird, i think I will swap out the pound of carapils for a half pound of briess white wheat malt. so my grain bill will be like: 1# 6-row, 0.5# white wheat malt, 1# maize flakes.

I also see wheat flakes, what advantage would these give instead of the wheat malt? I am doing a partial mash

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Typically you see that with corn people will use 6-row. Wheat flakes are, "easier" to work with then wheat for many brewers.



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