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Old 06-19-2013, 06:27 PM   #1
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I am new to all grain brewing and had a question about specialty grains. I have read that they don't produce fermentable sugars. Is this true?
I was wondering because when I put them into my recipe calculator on brweersfriend they increase the abv.
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Old 06-20-2013, 03:44 AM   #2
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It's a little tricky. They definitely do contribute unfermentable sugar, which adds to your OG. A portion of the sugars they contribute are definitely fermentable, check out this thread:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f128/tes...l-malt-208361/

It's one of my favorites. Anyway, a portion of the sugars contributed by crystal malts are fermentable. That portion increases if you mash them with a base malt, because the enzymes from the base malt can break the unfermentable sugars down into smaller more fermentable sugars.

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Thank you. That helps a lot, I appreciate it!

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Check out the Wiki for this site, specifically:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/ind...er_ingredients

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