Especial Malts.

Scooped these specialty malts while on a rainy day detour trip to Princeton Homebrew to drop of some entries for War of The Worts. I planned on driving to PA to drop of my entries closer to the contest and hang out with my parents, but apparently my parents’ dog got in a fight with a rabid raccoon two weeks ago and the whole house is under quarantine. I don’t know why my parents didn’t tell me until we were driving onto the BQE, but whatever.

I don’t know much about either of these malts, and frankly that’s why I decided to buy them. They aren’t stocked at the Brooklyn Kitchen, my LHBS so I did a little research on them. I’m a little slow on posting and I actually have a California Common beer fermenting that used 8 oz. of the CaraBohemian.

Carabohemian:  Adds an intensified caramel aroma, and a fuller body to your beer. Use up to 15%.
Suggested Beer Styles: Bohemian Lager, Dark Lager, Bock, Oktoberfest, full bodied Porter and Stout, etc.
Avg. Lovibond: 75
Country of origin: Germany

Carabelge:  Adds a mild, restrained note of caramel flavor, and a honey colored hue to your beer. Use up to 30% in
Belgian Blonde, Amber and Brown (Bruin) beers, Tripels and Dubbels, etc.
Avg. Lovibond: 14
Country of origin: Germany

I also meant to mention my recent wins at the New York City Homebrewer Guild’s Homebrew Alley 5.  First place with an Irish Red Ale that I named ‘The Shaun Bockert” after my friend of the same name without fully knowing if he’s Irish or an ale.  One thing I do know is that he has red hair, so that’s good enough for me.  I placed second in the German wheat and rye category with my “Wimpy Weizenbock” modeled after the Sam Adam’s Longshot Winner from last year.  I’m shipping my entries for Amber Waves of Grain home brew contest tomorrow, but first, tonight’s brewing guest at the Malted Barley Appreciation Society is the head brewer from Ithaca Brewing Company.  So stoked, as I would say Ithaca is my favorite East coast brewery.  Flower Power is one of my favorite IPAs and one of the reasons I’ve tirelessly sought out the hard to find Simcoe hop (I got 8 oz. of it coming in the mail, finally).  Check them out if you haven’t yet.

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