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Old 04-30-2014, 05:54 PM   #1
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Default What happens if I increase the amount of malt?

Hello all,

I'm a new brewer with 2 batches under my belt (both of them were American IPAs) and I am going to brew this recipe this weekend:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f69/simc...lo-ipa-239633/

Both the other IPAs I've brewed called for at least 1 lb of malt grains to be steeped and then using about 7 lbs of DME or LME.

My question is, with the recipe that I have linked above, what would happen if I increase the amount of crystal malt from 1/2 lb to 1 lb? What effects would that have on flavor, bitterness, and/or alcohol content?

Any advice is welcome

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Steeping doesn't actually do a whole lot. You might get a slight increase in color and possibly aroma.

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My question is, with the recipe that I have linked above, what would happen if I increase the amount of crystal malt from 1/2 lb to 1 lb? What effects would that have on flavor, bitterness, and/or alcohol content?
it'd add more caramel flavor, darken the color and add little to the OG (like 1-2 pts), which i guess indirectly would reduce bitterness. so for the most part, things you wouldnt want to do in an IPA

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Steeping doesn't actually do a whole lot. You might get a slight increase in color and possibly aroma.
crystal is already mostly converted, mashing it doesnt really add much extra
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it'd add more caramel flavor, darken the color and add little to the OG (like 1-2 pts), which i guess indirectly would reduce bitterness. so for the most part, things you wouldnt want to do in an IPA



crystal is already mostly converted, mashing it doesnt really add much extra
I was talking about steeping in general, not just in regards to crystal malts.
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It would slightly increase the OG and FG (unfermentables), slightly increase "maltiness"/slightly decrease percieved bitterness perhaps (due to unfermentables from crystal)....no effect on abv.....as I understand it, anyways

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Crystal malts also add a bit of malty sweetness,so I don't usually use more than 1/2lb in my recipes. But it also depends on what other malts are being added that can add roastiness,&/or other flavor qualities that could use some sweetening. Depending on the style you're shooting for.

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