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Old 09-16-2013, 03:26 PM   #1
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I want to do the Caramel Amber Ale recipe I foud here, but I thought I would add a couple of ingredients to it. I would like to get your thoughts.
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7.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (1.8 SRM) Grain 73.68 %
1.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L (80.0 SRM) Grain 15.79 %
1.00 lb Candi Syrup Amber* (40.0 SRM) Sugar 10.53 %
8.0oz. CaraPils/Dextran
2.0 to 4.0oz Lactose


0.78 oz Chinook [13.00 %] (60 min) (First Wort Hop) Hops 40.2 IBU
1.00 oz Chinook [13.00 %] (0 min) (Aroma Hop-Steep) Hops -
1.00 oz Willamette [5.50 %] (0 min) (Aroma Hop-Steep) Hops -

1 Pkgs American Ale (Safale #S-05) Yeast-Ale

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Old 09-19-2013, 02:35 AM   #2
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Well, this post made it to page three without any comments, so maybe I'll have to just try this one out and see.

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Well, this post made it to page three without any comments, so maybe I'll have to just try this one out and see.
Well, you've already got over 15% caramel/crystal malt, so adding more in the form of carapils isn't needed or going to give you anything.
Lactose will make the beer sweeter, but that's such a tiny amount that you'd never notice so it really isn't a factor at all. It'd be like a teaspoon of sugar in a bathtub of water- unnoticeable.
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Old 09-19-2013, 02:51 AM   #4
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I want to do the Caramel Amber Ale recipe I foud here, but I thought I would add a couple of ingredients to it. I would like to get your thoughts.
The additions are in blue.

Amount Item Type % or IBU
7.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (1.8 SRM) Grain 73.68 %
1.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L (80.0 SRM) Grain 15.79 %
1.00 lb Candi Syrup Amber* (40.0 SRM) Sugar 10.53 %
8.0oz. CaraPils/Dextran
2.0 to 4.0oz Lactose

0.78 oz Chinook [13.00 %] (60 min) (First Wort Hop) Hops 40.2 IBU
1.00 oz Chinook [13.00 %] (0 min) (Aroma Hop-Steep) Hops -
1.00 oz Willamette [5.50 %] (0 min) (Aroma Hop-Steep) Hops -

1 Pkgs American Ale (Safale #S-05) Yeast-Ale
If it was me I'd drop the lactose and dextrine and do layered Crystal for some complexity. It sounds pretty sweet already, but if you must add more try a combo of 20, 60 (or 80) and 120L.
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Ok... Maybe I won't try it.
Thanks for the advise.

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Personally I love lactose in certain beers, but if I were going to add it to that recipe I would probably cut a few ounces of caramel out, or dop it to 60 maybe. If you like a sweeter beer, maybe leave the caramel alone.

To me, lactose is a different kind of sweetness, not really like sugar. I'm pretty sure it's totally unfermentable.

I kinda like the idea of lactose with the candi thing, but I'd add enough to bring it out a bit more, maybe half pound.

Try it!! Then, let us know how it turns out!

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