Originally Posted by lespaul23
but when bob said you don't have to mash crystal I got confused bc it says crystal.
You're right. I never said that you must
mash crystal. I said you have to mash 2-row. Unfortunately, the label here can mislead new brewers. Originally, YOU said you had 2-row. Crystal wasn't mentioned until the 2nd page of the thread.
2-row is an enzyme rich base malt that must be mashed. Crystal is derived from a 2-row base. It it turned into Crystal by the maltster, which makes it toasty and rich with caramel flavors.
That picture is medium British crystal. It has no starch. It only requires a steep.