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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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John H on Mar 27, 2020
Ryan H on Mar 21, 2020
John H on Mar 27, 2020
spring ale
richard r on Mar 25, 2020
Ryan H on Mar 21, 2020
head retention
Cole M A on Mar 20, 2020
Recipe calls for it
Mike R on Mar 20, 2020
Head retention
Gerald F on Mar 19, 2020
Little sweetness
Leif E H on Mar 18, 2020
Recipe called for it
Michael B on Mar 17, 2020
I need it for a recipe
Don F on Mar 17, 2020
Daniel D on Mar 16, 2020
David D on Mar 14, 2020
part of recipe
Ethan T on Mar 13, 2020
add 1 pound to every brew
Kevin J. B on Mar 11, 2020
Mouth feel/foam improvement
Michael R M on Feb 19, 2020
I have used it before and had great results.
David C on Feb 13, 2020
I was out
Eric S on Feb 13, 2020
Low on this
Charlie Cantrell on Feb 11, 2020
for a beer recipe I will be making
PAUL C on Feb 11, 2020
Adds mouth feel to beer
J H on Feb 10, 2020
For IPA recipe to contribute foam and head retention.
William DeLeon on Feb 7, 2020
recipe called for it. But I like how it adds mouthfeel to the brew
Steve on Feb 3, 2020
Running low
Tony R on Jan 29, 2020
for corona clone
Terry V on Jan 28, 2020
add some kick to the malt
Jered P on Jan 25, 2020
Head retention
Christopher Z on Jan 20, 2020
Jason F on Jan 14, 2020
Add body to an IPA
Louis on Jan 3, 2020
American IPA
Woodie B on Dec 27, 2019
Head retention
Michael G. G on Dec 24, 2019
Worked well in the last batch of beer
Henry F K on Dec 19, 2019
Matt Mcdonald on Dec 13, 2019
why not?
Jesse on Dec 12, 2019
Michael K on Dec 11, 2019
Head retention
Ryker H on Dec 10, 2019
For all “why did you pick this” the answer is : the recipe calls for it
Jacqueline K on Dec 5, 2019
Alton S on Dec 4, 2019
Good to have on hand
Steve T on Dec 3, 2019
Charlie M on Dec 3, 2019
Charlie M on Dec 3, 2019
Lauren W on Nov 25, 2019
Head retention
Nick M on Nov 23, 2019
because I need it
Jim Wallace on Nov 22, 2019
If I don't not choose not milled. Please make sure they are not milled.
Andrew O on Nov 13, 2019
save trip to home brew store
John H on Nov 11, 2019
Need it
M J on Nov 8, 2019
add head retention and body
Harry T on Nov 5, 2019
for light ale
Steve B on Nov 4, 2019
Part of homemade recipe, used before, know its good.
Andrew Quell on Oct 31, 2019
For head retention
Jill T on Oct 30, 2019
Head retention
John K. on Oct 30, 2019
spring ale
richard r on Mar 25, 2020
head retention
Cole M A on Mar 20, 2020

4.8 / 5.0
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Great ingredient quality and fast shipping
Sealed well in container currently in secondary along with French strisselspault hops and golden light dme and lme, saflager 23, all ordered at smells good can’t wait to bottle or keg haven’t decided that yet
May 30, 2019
10 months ago
On the way to Yuengling clone
May 5, 2019
1 year ago
Nicely packaged and in good shape
March 24, 2018
over 2 years ago
like it
works as expected to enhance body and foam stability.
January 28, 2018
over 2 years 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