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Briess Carapils Malt

Briess Carapils Malt

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Carapils adds body, mouthfeel and improves head retention by adding dextrines, proteins, non-starch polysaccharides, and other body-building compounds into your wort. Carapils is usually used at a level of 5% or less of your total all-grain malt bill. However it can be used at a higher rate in special cases, say if you are making a Session IPA, and are trying to simulate a higher gravity beer. Because of its extremely light color and neutral flavor it won't have much affect on the final color or flavor of your beer. Carapils belongs to a category of malts labeled as Dextrine, sometimes Dextrin, malts. We mention this because you might see either of these names in your recipe.

You can steep Carapils in an extract batch but will only get about 20% utilization, or 20% of the goodies of this malt dissolved into your beer. While not as complex as Carapils malt, for extract brewing some brewers prefer to use dextrin powder.  


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Supplies to brew in Africa
Nathan C on Dec 3, 2018
Coffee Stout
Gary J on Nov 21, 2018
Supplies to brew in Africa
Nathan C on Dec 3, 2018
always keep on hand for head retention
Ben B on Nov 28, 2018
Coffee Stout
Gary J on Nov 21, 2018
to make a easy drink for my wife like Bush beer
keith van h on Nov 17, 2018
Putting recipe together
Karl M on Nov 17, 2018
Adds body
Alex G on Nov 17, 2018
see above
Ben Sawyers on Nov 17, 2018
great added malt
Brian M. on Nov 17, 2018
Peter M on Oct 30, 2018
Great Malt - Been using it all year!!
Eddie T on Oct 30, 2018
Like how it helps clears beer
Mac L on Oct 27, 2018
I want more body in my barleywine.
Donald M on Oct 27, 2018
For head retention
Valued C on Oct 18, 2018
Like it
Ronald D on Oct 17, 2018
Tight bubbles and silky head Always make your brew better.
Twin o on Oct 4, 2018
Barleywine. More body & head.
David G on Oct 3, 2018
It’s what my beer needs
Arturo C on Oct 1, 2018
Foam and head retention
Neil W on Sep 27, 2018
Valued C on Sep 25, 2018
Irish red
Paul S on Sep 22, 2018
Jesse P on Sep 13, 2018
Richard P on Sep 10, 2018
need for some new recipes im trying
Scott O on Sep 5, 2018
Use frequently
Michael R on Sep 5, 2018
belgian tripel
Dustin G on Aug 30, 2018
Good taste
Mikel S on Aug 27, 2018
beer recipe
Walter A M on Aug 14, 2018
Good for head
Geoffrey N on Aug 9, 2018
body and head retention
Randy S Akam on Jul 30, 2018
need for next beer
Larry D on Jul 30, 2018
Works well and I like the taste
Robert P on Jul 24, 2018
Latest Brew.
J Michael E on Jul 13, 2018
head retention
JUSTIN G on Jul 12, 2018
Low inventory
Daniell D on Jul 6, 2018
Miguel Ugarte on Jul 3, 2018
brewing a porter
shaun d on Jul 2, 2018
Robert Borsdorf on Jun 30, 2018
For my brew this weekend!
Tom F on Jun 29, 2018
head retention
Daniel D on Jun 28, 2018
Richard M on Jun 26, 2018
for my cream ale
Shawn M on Jun 26, 2018
for a beer
ZACHARY L on Jun 8, 2018
Love the head this gives my beers
andrew T p on Jun 5, 2018
hoping for more foam
Howard K on Jun 5, 2018
It is 1 ingredient in a beer that I get requested to make.
Mitchell D on Jun 5, 2018
To add in head retention without adding color or flavor. Never brew a batch without adding to grain bill!
James B on Jun 4, 2018
Head retention
Michael G. G on May 30, 2018
I use this in all my Pales Ales and IPAs and need more
John R on May 30, 2018
Adds to Head Retention
Daniel R on May 28, 2018
Part of custom blend for my Scottish ale
Lloyd M on May 21, 2018
always keep on hand for head retention
Ben B on Nov 28, 2018
to make a easy drink for my wife like Bush beer
keith van h on Nov 17, 2018

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Nicely packaged and in good shape
March 24, 2018
9 months ago
like it
works as expected to enhance body and foam stability.
January 28, 2018
11 months ago
go to staple for body/head retention
I have this as a staple in most of my IPAs and pales these days. Stay on the light side
May 6, 2015
use .5lb in every batch I brew
Ads that nice head retention to all beers, I'm hooked on using this stuff.
May 5, 2015
This, and carafoam, both can be used to improve head retention in your homebrews. They work great! Just wish I knew how they made it?!
May 14, 2014
Good quality
Great way to add subtle character.
May 11, 2014
Gives your beer body
I enjoy crisp/ thin beers for the most part, but when I tried Tasty McDole's amber I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the body added by the carapils. I imagine it going great in a thick stout or porter. Doesn't add sweetness, just body.
May 3, 2014
Fresh grain. Word of advice - DON'T use too much.
May 3, 2014
Perfect for almost any brew
This malt won't overpower your brew/flavor but can add significant quality to the finished product. A regular in most IPAs I've brewed.
May 2, 2014
Hey Jack
Hey Hey what can I say. It is Carapils and it seems fresh. It adds to body mouthfeel and head retention. Just don't do what I did one time and add to much on a whim. :>)
May 1, 2014