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Brews & Views Bulletin Board Service * Brews and Views Archive 2004 * February 8, 2004 * Special "B"...same as Crystal 120L? < Previous Next >

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Jim O'Conner (64.70.24.205)
Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2004 - 10:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My LHBS told me that Special "B" malt is the same as regular crystal 120L. True, or not?
 

Brandon Dachel (216.177.117.110)
Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2004 - 01:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

No, not true. Special B lends a 'raisin' or 'plum' like flavor that crystal does not.
 

Denny Conn (140.211.82.4)
Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2004 - 05:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Man, you should either avoid that LHBS or educate the guy...seems like he's always giving you bad advice!
 

ELK (67.164.195.57)
Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2004 - 06:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Let me guess he was out of Special B? or doesn't want to stock it...
 

Jim O'Conner (64.70.24.205)
Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2004 - 07:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Actually, he had both in stock. And yes Denny, I would avoid him except he's the only game in town.
 

Bill Pierce (24.141.129.137)
Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2004 - 11:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

All dark crystal malts contribute some flavors that can be described as being like dark fruit but Special B has a particular raisin/plum character. It's the signature malt used in Belgian dubbels.
 

Fredrik (213.114.44.219)
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2004 - 07:28 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bill, is this raisin/plum flavour in the crystal already, or is it something created during fermentation from precursors in the malt?

What can it be?

/Fredrik
 

Bill Pierce (24.141.129.137)
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2004 - 08:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Fredrik, you can gain some idea of the flavor contribution of a particular malt by making "tea" from a small quantity of it crushed. Even cracking a kernel in your teeth will provide a hint of its flavor.

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