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Old 03-16-2012, 03:52 PM   #11
hough77
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May 2011
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Quick question, local homebrew shop only has medium crystal as the closet thing to crystal 40. What are your thoughts on the difference it would make in your beer? I was planning on brewing it next week but was seeing if I had to order crystal 40 or not
Not sure about medium crystal, caramel is the same thing, if they have 60 or 80, just bump the amount down lower than the 40.

 
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Old 03-16-2012, 04:30 PM   #12
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Not sure about medium crystal, caramel is the same thing, if they have 60 or 80, just bump the amount down lower than the 40.
Medium crystal is usually roughly the same as Crystal/Caramel 60. I'm not sure that I would sub with 80 just because there are distinct flavor differences that you get that reducing the amount used will not fix. Crystal/Caramel 80, in my experience, has a much sweeter character and adds some more burnt and dark fruit flavors, where crystal/caramel 40 adds more caramel and toffee flavors and is not nearly as sweet. Even if you dial back the amount you will get a different, not necessarily better/worse, flavor profile.

All of that being said, I think you would probably be fine using "medium" Crystal (Crystal 60), just dial back the amount from the original recipe.
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Old 03-17-2012, 03:12 AM   #13
Bigapinnc
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Beautiful. Thanks so much. Yea I would just rather order in crystal 40 and make your recipe the way it is supposed to be. Looks like an absolute killer brew and I plan on brewing it next weekend

 
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