How do I use Countess Crystal in craft beer?

An increase of dark crystal malt flavour notes and colour can be an effective way to create a premium drinking experience for consumers.

 

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Let's see how Countess Crystal can be used to produce the characteristics of a Bock style beer:

Step 1: Identify the base beer you wish to modify

Before you can create your new beer style and take the consumer in a new sensory direction you must first establish the building blocks. In this example we have used a pale lager and PureMalt Crafted 'Countess Crystal' extract.

Step 2: Check out our beer style guide to confirm your target style (i.e Bock )

In this example we have added Countess Crystal at a rate of 1.0% w/v to add enough malt flavour notes and colour to take a pale lager to a Bock. This adjustment will ensure the characteristic dark amber/brown colour of a Bock is achieved, dark caramel and toasty flavours are enhanced.

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Step 3: Establish your addition rate

All our products have slightly different recommended addition rates depending on the base beer you're using or the target style you want to create.

In this example we have added Countess Crystal at a rate of 1.0 % w/v to add enough colour and flavour to take a pale lager to a Bock. Ultimately though you're the brewer and the degree of change is entirely your choice.

Our suggestion:

Formula: 1.00 % w/v addition rate = 1 kg of Countess Crystal per 100L of base beer

Step 4: Add Countess Crystal to your beer

We would always suggest accurately measuring the volume of extract prior to addition to your beer. We do however appreciate that sometimes this isn't possible. We have therefore created a conversion table for you below to help those who prefer a slightly more 'practical' approach...

To create a Bock (@ 1.00 % w/v addition rate):

1 x 5kg pack of Countess Crystal = 500 L [ 4.2 US barrels] of Bock

0.5 x 5kg pack of Countess Crystal = 250 L [ 2.1 US barrels] of Bock