Originally Posted by langdonk1
It's not enough carapils to affect it. The balance is there
It's your beer, it's your recipe, brew what you want. But if you really think the Carapils doesn't have an affect, then ask yourself, "why use it?"
12oz of Carapils in a 5 gallon batch adds 5 points to both the OG and the FG. Whereas 12oz more of 2 Row or another malt would add 5.5 points to the OG and only 1 point to the FG. 4 points difference in the FG of a beer is not a minor difference, especially in an IIPA.
If you were making a 4% beer, I wouldn't criticize it. It's tough to maintain body in a small beer. So it's okay to add Carapils to increase the body of a small beer. And it's okay to mash low or use sugar to counteract the residual sweetness of the Carapils, because your purpose in using it is to add body and you are counteracting the side affect of using it.
Your recipe has 14lbs of grain without the Carapils. That should be enough malt to give the beer plenty of body. If it lacks body, that's probably a mash problem.
You don't need it for heading. 14lbs of grain and 9oz of hops will provide plenty of heading compounds to the beer. If the beer doesn't pour with a head, then you need to check for cleanser residue on your equipment or glasswear.
Which means you have a recipe that uses a dry yeast. Then you are adding sugar to dry it out even further. And then you are adding unfermentables that undry it and don't provide any other benefit.
If you want it dry, replace the Carapils with more base malt. If you don't want it dry, take out the Carapils, take out the sugar, and add more base malt to keep the same OG.