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I recently brewed a recipe that called for Carastan malt. My LHBS didn't carry it, so I just used 40 L Crystal. In the finished beer, I'm missing the toffee and toastiness found in the original. Does anyone know of a better substitute? If there aren't really any good substitutes, where is a good place that I can find it online?

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  • Out of curiosity what beer are you brewing, because I rarely see anyone talking about carastan malt.
    – brewchez
    Sep 6 '11 at 12:49
  • Dead Guy Ale clone (extract + specialty grain) from BYO. It turned out OK, but definitely not exact. For only being my 2nd batch, I'm happy. I'm also currently force-carbing a Two-Hearted Ale clone and have a Newcastle clone in primary. My next batch will be my first AG, so hopefully it goes well!
    – Jeremy
    Sep 6 '11 at 23:23
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Crystal 15L would have been a closer sub I think, even though the carastan is around 30-35L. I don't think there is a real good substitute for it. There aren't a lot of malts like it, and I don't see too many people use it. I put it in an Ordinary Bitter last year and it does have a nice toffee aroma to it.

A combo of C15 and some special roast might get you in the ball park. C40L is more caramel than toffee to me.

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In the UK you can buy Carastan in homebrew shops. The main supplier seems to be Baird's malt :

http://www.bairds-malt.co.uk/Roasted.html

I haven't seen it for sale online though (I will keep looking since I am also after some).

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