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Jim O'Conner
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Username: Roguejim

Post Number: 975
Registered: 06-2003
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Posted on Friday, October 12, 2007 - 08:12 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I've seen some German vienna lager recipes that include German light crystal. What is the lovibond for this particular crystal? Is it interchangeable with British crystal of the same lovibond?
 

Troglodyte
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Username: Troglodyte

Post Number: 138
Registered: 10-2004
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Posted on Friday, October 12, 2007 - 01:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Weyermann makes Carahell which most catalogues describe as “light german crystal malt.” The Szamatulskis list it at 8-12L in the index of Beer Captured and state that it is suitable for “any light colored beer where body is needed, hefe-weizen, pale ale, golden ale, Oktoberfest and maibock.” They say it “produces body without imparting color and sweetness. Improves aroma.”

Hope this helped.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 7825
Registered: 01-2002
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Posted on Friday, October 12, 2007 - 01:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The equivalent British light crystal malt is sometimes called Caramalt and has a color of 19L. The equivalent Belgian malt is CaraVienne (22L).

Jim might also be referring to Weyermann Caramunich I, which has a color of 80-100 EBC (31-38L). This is equivalent to other medium caramel/crystal malts, but there are subtle differences in flavor among them all. It's worth steeping a small sample in hot water and tasting the "tea." For example, I happen to be partial to British Carastan, which has a rated color of 34L.

(Message edited by BillPierce on October 12, 2007)
 

Tony Legge
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Username: Boo_boo

Post Number: 292
Registered: 05-2005
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Posted on Friday, October 12, 2007 - 10:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

And in addition I have light carastan with a 13 to 17 lovibond rating