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Old 10-21-2011, 01:26 PM   #1
Jun 2011
Homerville, OH
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I have a recipe that calls for 4 oz in an 11 gallon batch. Is that just for color, or taste too? The reason I ask is that it also calls for 20L and 40L crystal, and if the chocolate is just for color I can substitute the 60 L I have on hand.

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Old 10-21-2011, 01:30 PM   #2
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A little bit of chocolate malt goes a long way. You'll get some flavor from it. I wouldn't replace with's different.

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Old 10-21-2011, 02:37 PM   #3
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Chocolate malt is a roasted malt, where crystal varieties are at least not roasted 'as much'.

So with chocolate malt you get the color but you also get a nice smooth sort of smoked chocolate taste. I quite like it in a variety of beers now. It does go a ways though, most I've ever used in a 5g batch was .5lb I think. Maybe 1lb is fine at the most?

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Old 10-21-2011, 02:41 PM   #4
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Chocolate malt has different characteristics than crystal malt, I wouldn't substitute it if you really want to get a sense of the recipe you're brewing.

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