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Old 09-27-2013, 01:06 AM   #1
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Default How much crystal is TOO much crystal?

Most of my recipes use 1/2 ounces of crystal 40 or 80 or ect..., but I was thinking of using a full pound in my next Irish Red. Just curious what you all thought.


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Old 09-27-2013, 01:09 AM   #2
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It depends on the beer style, and the goal.

It's common to have 10-15% crystal malt in an American amber, but 0% in a pilsner.


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percentage of grain bill is more like the information we need rather than actual weight. Post that recipe!
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Grain Bill: 5 Gallon batch

6 lbs. Maris otter malt extract
lb. Carapils
lb. Crystal 80
lb Victory
4 oz. Chocolate Malt

I was thinking of adding another 1/2 lb. of Crystal 40, but I've never brewed a Red before, and there's a lot I don't know about the style. I looked up several recipes, but there were many varieties of ingredients with all % levels of grains used.
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Grain Bill: 5 Gallon batch

6 lbs. Maris otter malt extract
lb. Carapils
lb. Crystal 80
lb Victory
4 oz. Chocolate Malt

I was thinking of adding another 1/2 lb. of Crystal 40, but I've never brewed a Red before, and there's a lot I don't know about the style. I looked up several recipes, but there were many varieties of ingredients with all % levels of grains used.
The bigger question is why? Why are you wanting to add it? What are you trying to achieve? If adding another 1/2 lb will get your where you want, then go for.
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I can't imagine that an extra half pound would make a lot of difference, even though thats a light beer. Depends on how you plan on balancing that with your hops. I will add 2lbs of crystal to an IIPA sometimes, but hops cover up the extra sweetness. Plus I like certain style IPA's to have a deep redness to them. Brewing is a lot of experimenting, I've yet to make an AG batch that wasn't a decent beer. Not always great beer, but you gotta find what you like.
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Crystal malts are roasted malts that add both color and malt flavor to your beer. The addition of a half pound of crystal 60 is to lend the beer a rich amber color and a small amount of caramel sweetness to help balance the beer against the hops. Adding more crystal 60 to your recipe is likely to add a little more amber color and unfermentable sweet malt sugar to your beer, making it slightly richer and sweeter. This may or may not be what you're trying to achieve.
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. .#1.5 of crystal 150 was too much in my sweet stout . .


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