Category Archives: English Beers

Guest Post: A Look at Bairds Carastan

Bairds Carastan

Many thanks to Bill at Great Fermentations for this special Guest Post!

Late in 2014, Great Fermentations introduced a variety of products from maltsters we don’t normally carry including: Thomas Fawcett, Bairds, Best Malz, and several others. Since then, we’ve continued getting requests for some of these malts. Here’s a closer look at one of those malts… Bairds Carastan.

At it’s core, Carastan is a British Crystal malt, at 30-40° Lovibond. You can use it in your recipes up to 20% of the malt bill, and expect to get caramel/toffee flavors, along with a slight character reminiscent of toasted bread. Bairds Carastan is going to differ slightly from your American crystal malts in that it will contribute a deeper flavor than you might expect. That’s pretty typical of the British crystals, and why I like them so much! Bairds Carastan can be used to add both flavor and color to many recipes, including (but not limited to): English Pale Ales, Mild Ales, and Brown Ales.

The dominant flavor profiles that come across are caramel, toffee, and bready; that just screams ESB to me. I would use Carastan at a rate of about 10% of the total grain bill, along with a good, UK pale malt like Maris Otter. If you need to darken it up a bit, an ounce or two of UK black malt will do. Bitter it to about 40 IBUs with your favorite British hop, and add a bit more at the end of the boil for aroma. White Labs English Ale Yeast or Wyeast London ESB would be a good choice for fermentation.

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Great Fermentations Bill

About the Author:  Award winning homebrewer, Bill Jimerson, came to Great Fermentations in 2010 after spending over a decade in the motorcycle and power-sports industry. When he’s not tending to exploding fermenters or dangerously addicted to something on Netflix, Bill spends his off time working on Indy Beer News, a craft beer news and events calendar/podcast.

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Mongoose IPA features Maris Otter Malt Syrup along with Bairds Carastan and English Hops including UK Admiral, UK First Gold and East Kent Goldings (dry hop).

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Omega Yeast British Ale VIII, Brettanomyces Blends and Lactobacillus Blend Available

Omega Labs Yeast

A while back, RiteBrew picked up several strains from Omega Yeast Lab’s Line of Homebrew Strains.  Omega Yeast packets include 150 Billion Cells per pack and they have some unique yeast, including Sasionsonstein’s Monster and OYL-052 DIPA Ale – “isolated from a famous double IPA brewed in Vermont”… I take that to mean… Heady Topper.

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Thomas Fawcett Maris Otter Malt- $1.41/lb


RiteBrew has just started stocking Fawcet’s Maris Otter Malt.  2.3 to 3.0 L.

It is available for $1.41 per lb or $1.21 per lb for 10+ lbs or $1.05 per lb if you buy a 55 lb bag.

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Thomas Fawcett is one of the few malsters that still practice floor malting…

via Thomas Fawcett & Sons: Fawcett’s has kept abreast of technological progress in the malting industry without losing sight of traditional and proven methods. Today, Fawcett’s remain as one of the few Maltsters still operating a floor maltings in conjunction with a saladin maltings and a state of the art automated germinating kilning vessel (GKV).

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