Carafoam/Carapils

Discussion in 'General Brewing Discussions' started by jmac67%, Mar 5, 2020.

  1. jmac67%

    jmac67% New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2017
    Messages:
    18
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    3
    I have been using a small amount of carafoam for head retention, body in my DIPAs.I like the results. Would switching to Carapils be any advantage other than being a little lighter %L ?
     
  2. Bubba Wade

    Bubba Wade Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2017
    Messages:
    616
    Likes Received:
    913
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Controls & Instrumentation Engineer
    Location:
    Monroe, Louisiana
    Home Page:
    I have not used carafoam, but I typically use either some carapils or wheat malt in almost all of my brews for head retention. Carapils if I need extra body, wheat malt if I just want a bit better head retention.
     
    Trialben, thunderwagn and jmac67% like this.
  3. jmac67%

    jmac67% New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2017
    Messages:
    18
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Thanks, I also use Flaked Wheat, Oats. Probably don't need the carafoam or carapils, just a creature of habit. I make the opaque, soft creamy IPAs.
     
    thunderwagn likes this.
  4. J A

    J A Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2016
    Messages:
    3,480
    Likes Received:
    2,699
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Austin, Texas
    I don't care to use any Cara/Crystal malts in most recipes so I use a little wheat malt plus a dextrin rest or I'll throw in some flaked barley. Flaked oats, barley or wheat will give much the same results as Carafoam or Carapils, but if you're getting the results you want, I wouldn't change a thing. ;)
     
    Trialben, jmac67% and thunderwagn like this.
  5. bob@robertgarner.com

    [email protected] New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2018
    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    3
    I guess I'm from a different school but I use 8oz of Carapils in every recipe
     
    jmac67% likes this.
  6. The Brew Mentor

    The Brew Mentor Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2012
    Messages:
    961
    Likes Received:
    578
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Mentor, Ohio
    Carapils is a proprietary, trademarked malt exclusively produced by Briess.
    Other Maltsters make malts that are similar, but not the same.
    I'd say try it out and note any differences you detect.
    And... share your results here!
    Cheers,
    Brian
     
  7. oliver

    oliver Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2015
    Messages:
    959
    Likes Received:
    371
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    LHBS owner
    Location:
    NOLA
    Carafoam, Carapils, both dextrin malts from my understanding. I recently made the switch to Great Western's DextraPils, another dextrin malt, and it looks, feels, and chews identical to CaraPils. CaraFoam has always had a different texture in the raw kernel than the other two, but I haven't seen a difference between them after the beer ferments.
     
    jmac67% likes this.
  8. philjohnwilliams

    philjohnwilliams Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2012
    Messages:
    324
    Likes Received:
    426
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Verdun, quebec
    From my experience, as long as it is less than 10% of your grain bill you will most likely not notice the difference.
     
    jmac67% likes this.
  9. Trialben

    Trialben Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2016
    Messages:
    9,469
    Likes Received:
    9,555
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Pest control tech
    Location:
    Palmwoods QLD
    I've only just started using "dextrin malt" again in my last two beers I notice a slight sweetness on the back end or finish for hoppy beers I've found it's bodes well in the beer but in the pilsner I put it in I'd rather it finish more dry...
    As for head no more than I usually get but body wise yep box ticked:).
     
    thunderwagn likes this.
  10. Bulin's Milker Bucket Brews

    Bulin's Milker Bucket Brews Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2019
    Messages:
    549
    Likes Received:
    1,442
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Carpenter
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    I will be able to get a reference on this April 1, tapping two Czech lagers. Single infusion with Viking Dextrine malt and triple decoction with only Viking Pilsner malt, I’ll get back to you.
     
    jmac67% and Trialben like this.
  11. Hawkbox

    Hawkbox Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2017
    Messages:
    3,765
    Likes Received:
    2,997
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    IT Manager
    Location:
    Edmonton
    I use oats for my brews, I might still have some Carapils from 2 years ago I should use up though.
     

Share This Page

arrow_white