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Old 06-12-2008, 04:22 AM   #1
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Default Quick question about Crystal and CaraMunich

I've done a little searching but haven't found too much information.

Are the German/Weyermann Cara-malts, eg. CaraMunich, CaraAmber, CaraHell etc malts any different to normal Crystal/Caramel malts? Can I substitute without too much taste difference?

My LHBS only carries, Light Cara (15L), Crystal (75L), and Dk Crystal (120L) but has recently got a bunch of the above Weyermann malts in.

If a recipe calls for Crystal 40L could I substitute CaraAmber (36L)?

Or if it calls for Crystal 60L could I sub Caramunich II (63L) or would I better off sub'ing the LHBS Crystal 75L?

Cheers and beers,

Glenim.


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Old 06-12-2008, 04:29 AM   #2
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http://www.bunnchirobrewing.com/?page_id=8

Here is the grain reference I use, it looks like alot of the "Cara" malts are just commercial names for the various crystal malts. I would say to try it and see what happens, i doubt it will result in a bad beer.


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Yes they are often named just for commercial reasons. For example, Carahell is a malt often used in Helles style beers whereas Carapils is used in Pilsners, etc..
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Ok, cheers, I'll just use them as substitutes unless someone pops up to say that I'm totally wrong.

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