I know that Carafa Special I, II and III have had their husks removed.
I'd like to know if other homebrewers sub Carafa II for chocolate malt or carafa III for black patent. I think the lovibond ratings for Carafa II and chocolate malt are similar and black patent is a bit darker than Carafa III.
I'm not sure what I would do to sub for Carafa I - maybe toast special B or crystal 120 to get to 300L.
My LHBS doesn't carry the carafa and it is popping up in a bunch of recipes recently. It is a pain for me to order online (shipping to HI can be expensive) so I am looking for creative alternatives.
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