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Carapils vs mashing hotter

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joeysmokedporter:
Getting ready to do my first Bo-Pils, and trying to determine whether to go with an all Pilsner grist or add around 0.5 lb Carapils. Does Carapils give me something that mashing a few degrees hotter would not?

thanks in advance for your feedback.

redbeerman:
I would recommend going with a 1/4 to 1/2 lb. addition of Carapils as opposed to mashing at higher temps.  The additon of Carapils will increase the body of the beer without decreasing the fermentability of the wort or adding sweetness.  This will also give the the crisp, clean finish desired in a Bo-pils.  Using a decoction mash without the Carapils is also an option.

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