Weenie Boy wrote:
I have found that although you get some of the same colors from subing the Weyermann vs. the Crystals, the taste is completely different. For instance, I used some CaraMunich in lieu of Crystal 80 in a beer a couple of months ago. The result was a beer that tasted ok but didn't have the flavor profile that I was looking for in the style. The CaraMunich lent a Muinch malt flavor that was representitive of a European style beer and did not fit the style that I was trying to produce. It was still very drinkable but was difficult to explain to my beer buddies of what I was trying to achieve. That being said, I have had some really nice beers using Weyermann malts.
I've subbed Caramunich III for C60, but never for 80. I thought the results were pretty good, but my palate isnt that
sophisticated. I regularly sub Caramunich I for C40. In both Caramunich subs, I've noticed less overt sweetness and more "sweetness balanced by body".
I just acquired some C20, and I might do a dry and wet taste test comapring it to CaraRed. (Although, CaraRed comes in at 15-19 degree Lovibond, and a comparison between C20 and Caravienne might be more appropriate).