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Old 05-13-2010, 03:30 AM   #1
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Default Can I substitute Crystal 40 for Crystal 10?

I have a recipe that calls for crystal 10, but I only have 40 on hand. I'm not brewing today or anything, but I wanted to figure out whether there was some sort of rule of thumb with subbing out crystals. I realize that 40 is going to lend more color and caramel sweetness, however if I added less, could I achieve the same effect of 10 or are they truly different grains?

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Old 05-13-2010, 03:44 AM   #2
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They are different in that 40L is kilned longer so it therefore imparts a different flavor and probably has less sweetness. You can adjust the color using less of the 40L but the flavor will change some. What is the beer?

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The flavors are different. Not just more- or less intense, but different. 40 has a sort of caramel flavor. Also, crystal malts contribute body, so trying to adjust for the color difference by using 1/4 of the amount called for in the recipe will affect the mouthfeel.

That said, you'll probably wind up with a tasty beer!

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I went to the LHBS yesterday and needed a half pound of 10L - they didn't have any. They recommended I sub with half a pound of Carahells, its listed as 8L to 11L. Should do the trick.

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Nice - thanks guys. Good to know. I'm making BM's Tits-Up IIPA. Can't wait to try it!

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