Substitute for Carapils?

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  1. Jos3h2r

    Jos3h2r Initiate (71) Apr 7, 2015 Panama

    Im brewing a Centennial Blonde tomorrow and Carapils is in the recipe but my HBS doesnt have it in stock.
    What can i use to substitute the carapils?
    Wheat malt?

    Any sugestions? Is a 5.5 gallons batch. It has 0.75 lb of carapils and 0.5 lb of white wheat. Maybe i can throw a whole pound instead of the carapils?
     
  2. OldBrewer

    OldBrewer Aspirant (290) Jan 13, 2016 Ontario (Canada)

    I've read that Dextrine malt, carafoam and wheat malt can all be used as substitutes.
     
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  3. telejunkie

    telejunkie Aspirant (255) Sep 14, 2007 Vermont

    if all-grain, i'd increase the mash temp up to like 70-72C. If extract & grain, you can wait until after fermentation and add a couple ounces of maltodextrin after fermentation is over.
     
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  4. Jos3h2r

    Jos3h2r Initiate (71) Apr 7, 2015 Panama

    Sorry. Yeah is all grain. I have a mash temp of 150F for this recipe.
     
  5. drink1121

    drink1121 Aspirant (249) Mar 23, 2009 California
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    carafoam is is the same thing. any dextrin grain will work.
     
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  6. CurtFromHershey

    CurtFromHershey Disciple (384) Oct 4, 2012 Minnesota

    Honestly I'd simply sub in base malt and increase the mash temp to 155 or 156* F as @telejunkie suggested
     
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  7. Jos3h2r

    Jos3h2r Initiate (71) Apr 7, 2015 Panama

    Kk ill do do that.
     
  8. Jos3h2r

    Jos3h2r Initiate (71) Apr 7, 2015 Panama

    Ok so you dont think i should increase the amount of wheat? Just sub the carapils with base malt and go with a high mash temp, leaving the wheat the way it is?
     
  9. drink1121

    drink1121 Aspirant (249) Mar 23, 2009 California
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    I think you are good with this. the carapils just increases mouthfeel and head retention. the high temp will increase mouth feel. cant do much about the head retention, but its not a big loss at all. you will still get head retention from the other processes and malt, just not as much.
     
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  10. GreenKrusty101

    GreenKrusty101 Crusader (749) Dec 4, 2008 Nevada

    Sub base malt, malted wheat, or a very light Munich...all will probably better than a # of Carapils/Carafoam, imho.
     
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  11. dmtaylor

    dmtaylor Aspirant (226) Dec 30, 2003 Wisconsin

    Carapils doesn't really do much anyway, so you can just use more base malt if you want. Or if you really want improved body and head retention, nothing works better than rye.
     
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  12. pweis909

    pweis909 Poo-Bah (1,854) Aug 13, 2005 Wisconsin
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    Sub base malt. Mash higher.
     
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