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Choosing Specialty Malts


Ed Krach • Austin, Texas asks,

There seems to be a lot of different specialty grains that folks add to their recipes for things like head retention, creaminess, mouthfeel, etc. Crystal, Carapils, Caravienne, Caramunich, Carafoam, flaked barley and the list goes on. Why are there so many and does one really stand out for you when you are brewing a beer?

The Wiz gives his two cents on malt madness and helps a brewer whose ales have been beyond the pale.
Response by Ashton Lewis.