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buckeyebrewer 04-08-2007 11:49 PM

Adding Lactose?
I have a 5 gal batch of Cream Ale in my primary right now. The original recipe did not have lactose in it but I was wondering if adding lactose to it would be an OK idea. What does lactose do for the taste and mouth feel of the beer? I've never used it before but wanted to experiment with it. I appreciate the help...this site has been more than helpful already.

McKBrew 04-09-2007 12:02 AM

Lactose is fairly common in many cream style ales. It will add some body and sweetness to a beer. Since lactose is an unfermentable sugar, the yeast can't convert it over to alcohol.

It's up to you as to how much to use. A few (3-4) ounces in a 5g batch will make some difference. I've seen recipes use a cup or more.

buckeyebrewer 04-10-2007 10:39 PM

Should I add it to the secondary?

Kayos 04-11-2007 03:49 AM

Check out Cheesefood's Caramel Cream Ale. It has a bunch of Lactose in it and people review it. It'll give you some ideas. I think he adds it before bottling...

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