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Old 08-18-2008, 11:51 AM   #1
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I'm going to be making a Bitter.
In addition to using Maris Otter, I was going to add some Aromatic to enhance the biscuit notes.
Unfortunately AHS was out of Aromatic.

My LHBS doesn't have it either and is suggesting Cara-Amber as a substitute.

Will that work?
Any other ideas?

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Old 08-18-2008, 12:05 PM   #2
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Biscuit Malt or Victory will be great in a bitter, doing the same thing you wanted the Aromatic to do.
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Old 08-18-2008, 01:33 PM   #3
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If you are looking for biscuit flavors, Cara-Amber, Biscuit Malt or Victory, would all do a better job than Aromatic.
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Old 08-18-2008, 01:46 PM   #4
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Aromatic is like Breiss Melanoidin and neither are really biscuity.
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Old 08-19-2008, 12:40 PM   #5
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How do Cara-Amber, Biscuit Malt and Victory compare to each other?
What differences will I see in flavor, aroma, body, etc?
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Old 08-19-2008, 02:28 PM   #6
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I think Biscuit and Victory are pretty similar to each other- they both give a nice malty kick and a little deeper color in a light colored beer. I haven't used Cara-Amber, but I do like Biscuit and Victory- I use them in bitters and in a Scottish that I just tried last night (excellent).
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Old 08-19-2008, 02:34 PM   #7
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I made Jamil's Ordinary bitter and it was fantastic. Nice and malty.

6.00 lb Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM)
0.75 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM)
0.50 lb Special Roast (50.0 SRM)
0.10 lb Chocolate Malt (450.0 SRM)
1.50 oz Fuggles [4.50%] (60 min)
0.50 oz Fuggles [4.50%] (10 min)

I also took 1 pound of the MO and toasted it at 350 for 40 minutes. Nice and "bready".

 
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