// Malt Type: Crystal/Caramel Grain Origin: United Kingdom Wort Color: 15-77°
Crystal malts also add body and improve head retention. This light crystal is best used in lighter-colored beers where it adds maltiness and improves mouth feel with minimal alteration of color.
Crystal malts are gently cooked during the malting process. Cooking initiates the enzymatic conversion of starches into fermentable sugars, and caramelizes some of the sugars as the malt reaches its final color. This eliminates the need to mash crystal malt, and ensures that some of the sugars will survive fermentation to sweeten the beer.