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Old 09-23-2009, 05:13 PM   #1
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Default Specialty Grain Question for Christmas ale

I am making a Christmas Ale and last year I used Crystal Malt and a little Chocolate malt as specialty grains. My local homebrew shop guy didn't have either but suggested that I substitute Brown Malt for the crystal and coffee malt for the chocolate. Any opinions on that option?
My thought was that was closer to specialties for a porter or stout not an amber colored xmas ale.

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Old 09-23-2009, 05:15 PM   #2
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order what you want from one of the great retailers. Dont substitute just cause your LBS is out. My 2 cents

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Old 09-23-2009, 05:59 PM   #3
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Well, your still going to make beer, but its going to taste completely different. Go to the online stores, don't sacrifice the brew.

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Out of crystal malt? That's hard to believe, it's such a basic ingredient.

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Out of crystal malt? That's hard to believe, it's such a basic ingredient.
Not everyone has a Bev Art in their town.

I guess it will make an ok beer, but those are more for stouts and porters.

What kind of Xmas ale are you making? Mine?
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Not everyone has a Bev Art in their town.

I guess it will make an ok beer, but those are more for stouts and porters.

What kind of Xmas ale are you making? Mine?


I have my own recipe that I came up with that I am trying to improve on.
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Brown malt is in no way a replacement for crystal. In fact I thought brown malt and coffee malt were names used interchangeably for the same malt.

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