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tnbrewer371

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Went to grind grain and found I didn’t have the carastan my recipe called for. Not wanting to drive to the LHBS I subbed melanoidan malt and moved on. Interested to here peoples thoughts on this swap?
 

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Carastan is a medium Lovibond UK crystal malt (~37L). Melanoidin is a lightly kilned "super Munich" German grain with a rich malty flavor. They're not really that similar. I'd expect the Carastan to behave like a crystal malt - caramel flavor, some body and perhaps residual sweetness - and the Melanoidin to have more of a biscuit/dry malty flavor.

False equivalence aside, it should be a nice combo, just different from the original recipe.
 

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Crystal 40 or CaraMunich I or II would have been a closer substitution.
However, while it will be different than intended, it should still be pretty good, except that’s a really high percentage of melanoidin.
Could end up a little cloying if you don’t get really good fermentability and attenuation.
 

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Hey, it may be an improvement. As written the recipe contains 17.8% crystal malt, which is a lot. And I like crystal malt! Cutting it back to half that much is not necessarily a bad thing. And American 2-row is fairly bland, so some malty goodness may be a bonus.
 
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