Crystal Malts vs. Special B - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Crystal Malts vs. Special B

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-02-2013, 01:57 PM   #1
ultravista
Recipes 
 
Mar 2007
Las Vegas, Nevada
Posts: 2,377
Liked 61 Times on 49 Posts



Can someone give me real-world feedback on the taste difference between Crystal 120 vs. Special B and Crystal 150 vs. Special B.

Lastly, is there a difference in taste between Crystal 120 and Crystal 150? Is taste perceptible in a 5 gallon batch.

When would you use Crystal 120 or 150 instead of Special B?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2013, 11:10 PM   #2
ultravista
Recipes 
 
Mar 2007
Las Vegas, Nevada
Posts: 2,377
Liked 61 Times on 49 Posts


Anyone?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2013, 11:51 PM   #3
Randy_Bugger
Registered User
Recipes 
 
Apr 2013
Posts: 440
Liked 117 Times on 70 Posts


SB tastes like raisins. 120 is caramel or toffee. Never used 150.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2013, 11:57 PM   #4
phuff7129
Recipes 
 
Nov 2011
Lino Lakes, MN
Posts: 558
Liked 40 Times on 34 Posts


Best advice I can give you is next time you are in your lhbs, take a taste of all of the malts you are interested in. It will give you a real good idea of what it will taste like in your beer.
__________________
This might be the beer talking....but I really love beer!

Nightshade Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2013, 03:00 AM   #5
Zamial
 
Zamial's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Apr 2010
WI
Posts: 3,183
Liked 178 Times on 158 Posts


I think 120 and Special B are the same malt just from a different maltster. I also believe that they both offer more of a prune like flavor over roasty/caramel.
__________________
“I'm not drunk, I'm from Wisconsin.”
We have been out drinking your state since 1848!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2013, 04:26 PM   #6
sweetcell
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
sweetcell's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2012
Rockville, MD
Posts: 5,144
Liked 981 Times on 710 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Zamial View Post
I think 120 and Special B are the same malt just from a different maltster. I also believe that they both offer more of a prune like flavor over roasty/caramel.
i disagree with your first statement. SB and C-120 are not the same. SB has more prune. it also has a very distinctive taste, i can usually pick out SB in just about any beer. C-120/C-150/etc are more caramel and straight-up sweetness.
__________________
What hops should I grow? Looking for cheap honey?
- Drinking: BPA made with ingredients from NHC, 2 blends of a rye sour: ECY20 + ECY34, local sour cherry kriek #2, brett'ed Belgian blond on raspberries
- Aging: Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout (half on coconut), sour blond on second-use cherries, English Barleywine (half on brett), 3726 saison w/ brett x2 (dregs mix & Lochristi), GNO 3724 saison w/ brett mix, sour cherry mead, acerglyn, and a few other sours...

mvcorliss Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Caramel/Crystal Wheat Malts and Dark Roasted Wheat Malts? letsbrew All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 4 10-16-2012 12:52 AM
Too much crystal malts? adaml23 Recipes/Ingredients 13 09-19-2012 02:30 PM
Different crystal malts sdbrew1024 All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 5 07-16-2010 10:40 PM
Crystal Malts jet35a All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 2 09-26-2009 07:33 PM
Crystal Malts tigerface Recipes/Ingredients 3 09-23-2008 01:02 PM


Forum Jump