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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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Jason F on Jan 14, 2020
American IPA
Woodie B on Dec 27, 2019
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 on Oct 31, 2019
For head retention
Jill T on Oct 30, 2019
Head retention
John K. on Oct 30, 2019
Body and head retention
Jonathan A on Oct 24, 2019
mouth feel/head retention
Ben B on Oct 23, 2019
Lighten the body
Jonathan A on Oct 17, 2019
I'm making a low-carb lager.
James on Oct 17, 2019
I use it in my pilsner for better mouthfeel and foam
Roman Goyenko on Oct 15, 2019
Added body to Pilsner style beer.
Michael G on Oct 15, 2019
nice fine head retained
D E on Oct 7, 2019
Brian W on Oct 4, 2019
Jacqueline K on Sep 20, 2019
for a recipe
Phillip G on Sep 16, 2019
I used it before and got good results
Henry F K on Sep 7, 2019
making beer
David B on Sep 6, 2019
Part of recipe
Harold C on Sep 6, 2019
Head retention
Giovanni M on Sep 6, 2019
Awesome price
Randy W on Sep 3, 2019
Use every brew day
seth l on Aug 30, 2019
Use every brew day...
seth l on Aug 30, 2019
Recommended for the online recipe I have
Curtis B on Aug 28, 2019
pilsner dextrins
wayne mcgowan on Aug 28, 2019
This is a great product to add to my New England IPA recipe.
Rory F on Aug 28, 2019
Used in most of my recipes
Valued C on Aug 28, 2019
head retention
Russell S on Aug 28, 2019
Eric Waters on Aug 28, 2019
Making a brown ale.
Refactored on Aug 28, 2019
To make beer
Jeremy N on Aug 28, 2019
Add body to an IPA
Louis on Jan 3, 2020
Head retention
Michael G. G on Dec 24, 2019

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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
8 months ago
On the way to Yuengling clone
May 5, 2019
1 year ago
Nicely packaged and in good shape
March 24, 2018
1 year 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