Crystal Wheat

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  1. yinzer

    yinzer Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2006 Pennsylvania

    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 Disciple (319) Feb 7, 2011 Texas
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    Yep! Still works great!
     
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  3. pweis909

    pweis909 Poo-Bah (1,593) Aug 13, 2005 Wisconsin
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    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 Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2006 Pennsylvania

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

    pweis909 Poo-Bah (1,593) Aug 13, 2005 Wisconsin
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    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 Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2006 Pennsylvania

    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 Poo-Bah (1,593) Aug 13, 2005 Wisconsin
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    Oh... Cara-FOAM! I think you're onto something :wink:
     
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