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Offline jimmykx250

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crystal or caramel
« on: November 07, 2014, 04:52:39 PM »
I have seen recipes posted which will state say crystal 60L or caramel 60L. Are these manufacturer specific?
As long as I get 60L and I good?
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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2014, 05:09:49 PM »
This was discussed recently.

tl;dr - they are different but kinda the same

Thread. https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=20648
« Last Edit: November 07, 2014, 05:11:35 PM by Steve in TX »

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Re: crystal or caramel
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2014, 05:11:59 PM »
I always thought they were the same malt, I believe English companies are more likely to say Crystal and American Caramel

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Re: crystal or caramel
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2014, 12:18:42 AM »
Crystal and caramel malts are very slightly different but generally interchangeable.  If you can ever find a store that sells more than one brand of them (good luck) then just chew up a couple of kernels each and figure out which one you'd rather brew with, as they won't taste exactly the same and you might like one better than the other.  But beyond that... I guess personally I don't really care about the scientific process differences in making them.  Taste is all that really matters.  No?

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Re: crystal or caramel
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2014, 12:32:05 AM »
Crystal and caramel malts are very slightly different but generally interchangeable.  If you can ever find a store that sells more than one brand of them (good luck) then just chew up a couple of kernels each and figure out which one you'd rather brew with, as they won't taste exactly the same and you might like one better than the other.  But beyond that... I guess personally I don't really care about the scientific process differences in making them.  Taste is all that really matters.  No?

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Re: crystal or caramel
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2014, 03:31:11 AM »
Crystal and caramel malts are very slightly different but generally interchangeable.  If you can ever find a store that sells more than one brand of them (good luck) then just chew up a couple of kernels each and figure out which one you'd rather brew with, as they won't taste exactly the same and you might like one better than the other.  But beyond that... I guess personally I don't really care about the scientific process differences in making them.  Taste is all that really matters.  No?

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Re: crystal or caramel
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2014, 03:18:03 PM »
In case you're interested, there was an article in the November, 2013 Brew Your Own entitled 'Is it Crystal Or Caramel Malt' by Terry Foster and Bob Hansen.
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