Unique de-husked roasted barley malt provides aroma, color and body, with a mild, smooth flavor. By removing the husk, the maltsters have created malt designed to deliver full flavors without the acridness produced by the husk. Like the other Carafa’s, Carafa II has become a favorite among craft brewers for Stouts, Porters, Schwarzbiers, DoppleBocks, Imperial styles and any other variety of darker beers, especially in styles requiring less bitterness provided by the grain. Effective as a color corrective in numerous styles, Carafa II may be utilized in 1 – 5% of the malt bill.
Lovibond: 413 – 450
Usage Rate: 1 – 5%
In Schwarzbiers, de-husked Carafa II provides mild roastiness and chocolate flavors and aromas. Baltic Porters and Dry Irish Stouts gain a measure of milder flavor with Carafa malts replacing a portion of standard Roasted Barley or Black Patent.
For Coffee Porters, substitute a portion of the UK Chocolate malt with Carafa II and Carafa III.
For the recipe, specify 80.1% UK Pale Malt, 8.7% German Munich Malt, 2.4% TF&S Crystal I Malt 85L, 2.4% Carafa II, 2.4% UK Chocolate Malt, 2.1% German CaraRed and 1.9% Carafa III Malt. Substituting the Carafa Malt for UK Chocolate or Black Patent will diminish the acrid bitterness derived from the grain, allowing the coffee to add back a certain amount of bitterness to the overall flavor profile.