Crystal Wheat

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by yinzer, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. yinzer

    yinzer Savant (395) Pennsylvania Nov 24, 2006

    Does crystal wheat malt still have proteins in the from that can be utilized for head retention?

    I got some for the King Henry and thinking about using some in BW's or Old Ales.

    TIA
     
  2. TomTown

    TomTown Savant (360) Oregon Feb 7, 2011

    Yep! Still works great!
     
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  3. pweis909

    pweis909 Advocate (715) Wisconsin Aug 13, 2005

    I also wondered along these lines. My last brew day included 13 oz of Briess Midnight Wheat in one beer. I suggested in a post that I figured the roasting must destroy the proteins. No one suggested otherwise. It's not that I typically experience head issues; just curious. The beer is still in primary, so I have no actual observations yet.
     
  4. yinzer

    yinzer Savant (395) Pennsylvania Nov 24, 2006

    That's what i was wondering. But I just thought of carafoam. Could that be similar?
     
  5. pweis909

    pweis909 Advocate (715) Wisconsin Aug 13, 2005

    I thought carafoam was similar to carapils. It don't think it gets kilned at high temps, but I could be wrong. In any event, I thought carafoam and carapils contributed to body (and maybe head?) with dextrins, not protein.
     
  6. yinzer

    yinzer Savant (395) Pennsylvania Nov 24, 2006

    Have you ever noticed that I don't give advice about malt? Just say'n.

    I thought that "cara" was a trade name for crystal. I am sure that cara-foam is for head-retention. Cara-red for color. Cara-pils just for body. I'll look and see if the maltsers that do "cara" also do a crystal.

    It would make sense that it would retain some proteins for head-retention, if not why would they make it.
     
  7. pweis909

    pweis909 Advocate (715) Wisconsin Aug 13, 2005

    Oh... Cara-FOAM! I think you're onto something ;)
     
  8. yinzer

    yinzer Savant (395) Pennsylvania Nov 24, 2006

     
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  9. yinzer

    yinzer Savant (395) Pennsylvania Nov 24, 2006

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