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Old 01-13-2012, 03:53 AM   #21
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Maybe use a portion of Munich with MO for a base malt? This with higher mash temps should help. Just did this on a session pale ale then heard the recent BN podcast with Jen Talley from squatters saying the same thing. 🍺

 
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Old 01-14-2012, 03:21 AM   #22
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Using carapils and maltodextrin just seems dirty to me. They just seem like tricks to hide inadequate technique. It's your beer so do what you want, but I always found beer made with solid technique tastes better than beer with the cover ups.
cara-pils is the same as maltodexrtrin the malt was created and malted with the german purity law in mind, which such brewing would not allow any adjunct to boost body or alcohol, with this in mind its not a short cut or a trick to hide flaws as this malt creates a body naturally through enzymes.

 
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Old 01-14-2012, 04:00 AM   #23
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Using carapils and maltodextrin just seems dirty to me. They just seem like tricks to hide inadequate technique. It's your beer so do what you want, but I always found beer made with solid technique tastes better than beer with the cover ups.
I don't understand why you would call it inadequate technique. It is just a different way to get a similar outcome.

 
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Old 01-14-2012, 06:22 AM   #24
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If technique alone can address issues of head retention, it seems that using an ingredient whose sole purpose is to aid in inadequate head retention is a shortcut. While carapils may be "less dirty" than adding straight maltodextrin, neither of them feel right to me. Like I said though, it's your beer so do whatever you want with it.

As for reinheitsgebot, it has pretty much been tossed out the window by every home brewer and the vast majority of brewers worldwide, save the few whose styles are inherently "pure." We all do wheat beer, add the occasional rye, use spices ad nauseum, and almost no one bottle primes by adding speis.

Using DME to hit a missed OG is a cheat, there's no arguing that. I'd much rather let my beer go and see how it turns out than use a manufactured product, purpose-built to fix my mistake. Just me, someone who would rather drink a mistake that I made than drink a success that I used a band-aid to fix.
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Old 01-14-2012, 07:24 AM   #25
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I generally find success adding body by drinking more brew...
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