So... I've been brewing for awhile now; started extract then moved to all-grain, naturally. One thing I've always wondered about, though never asked, is:
What's the point in using CaraPils (Dextrin) when I can more precisely contribute to both color and flavor using Crystal malts? I understand using it if you ONLY want to contribute to body/head retention without affecting flavor or color, but I usually design my beers from scratch and forget about the CaraPils until the end. I'm wondering if others tend to get their body and foam from CaraPils, or other non-fermentables, such as Crystal malts?
Even without Carapils, I get decent foam retention... and my body is usually more a function of my mash temperature and % of non-fermentable specialty grains.