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Old 11-24-2012, 03:52 PM   #1
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Default Lactose -> Maltodextrin/artificial sweetener clone?

Making a caramel/vanilla cream ale, and the recipe (found on here) calls for 4oz of lactose.

Unfortunately, my SWMBO, one of the main targets for this brew, is lactose intolerant to a pretty intense degree, so for everyone's safety, I was hoping to avoid the lactose. I'm told a combination of Malto and some type of non-fermentable sweetener could do the trick.

Have been using the search and googling functions to try and locate a good conversion rate, as to how much malto vs other ingredients, as I hear the artificial sweeteners can be way more intense than the lactose would have been to begin with.

Any guidance?

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Old 11-24-2012, 04:36 PM   #2
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At four ounces in a five gallon batch I'd probably just skip it all together. Maybe add an equal amount of maltodextrin and leave it at that. Lactose is not a very sweet sugar and at four ounces you're not going to notice the small amount of sweetness it would add.

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I would agree, even a pound of lactose in 5 gallons is not that noticeable. It's not a "sweet" sugar. I would just replace with malto, or just mash 2 degrees hotter.

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This is on an extract recipe, with the lactose going in right before bottling... Does using malto change the time at which I should put that in?

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