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Old 03-21-2008, 12:43 PM   #1
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I am trying to work out my bulk grain order with the local club, and I am trying to figure out what type of crystal to get. I do a few beers during the year with Crystal 60, but more that not I am using 10 and 20.

Can you get the same effect in your beer that calls for say 2 lb of Crystal 20 by using 2/3 less of Crystal 60 and something else? If so, what is the something else?


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Old 03-21-2008, 12:46 PM   #2
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Is that 2 pounds of crystal in a 5 gal recipe? Yeesh.

Anyway, I keep a healthy amount of 40 on hand, it is middle of the road, and that works for me.

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Old 03-21-2008, 01:53 PM   #3
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I feel like you can get away with subbing crystals that are adjacent numbers like 20 for 10 or 45 for 60 but it's just not color. Once you get into 60, 80, 120L, you're adding roasty and even burnt raisin so be careful.

I keep 10, 40, 80, and 120 as I feel that they're significantly different in what they do.
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Old 03-21-2008, 01:56 PM   #4
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WOW! I thought I had invented crystal!! Why don't more commercial brewers use it?

I love the 60L. I added 1 lb of it to my Maerzen recipe, along with a simple decoction and it now rocks incredibly.

True that they are all a little different, but I love that caramel flavor and gorgeous color.
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Old 03-21-2008, 01:56 PM   #5
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If I was going to keep ONE in stock, though, I'd keep 40L. That's versatile enough, and works in many recipes.

Ideally, you'd have some 10 or 20, some 40, some 60, 80, and 120. As Bobby said, those are different enough to not be interchangeable.

What kinds of beers are you planning on making most? That will really guide your choice.
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Old 03-21-2008, 01:59 PM   #6
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I keep 10 and 60. That's mostly what I use anyway.
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Old 03-21-2008, 02:36 PM   #7
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thanks for the tips guys

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Old 03-21-2008, 07:09 PM   #8
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I keep 10, 40, 60, and 120 on hand at all times. I'll probably add 80 to that list when I restock next.

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Old 03-21-2008, 07:28 PM   #9
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I only keep carastan (~crystal 60L) because it's all I can get. If I could I would also stock 120L though.
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Old 03-21-2008, 07:34 PM   #10
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I keep 60 on hand because I use it most often. I'll probably start keeping 10 or 20 on hand also as I get into perfecting some of the lighter styles.
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