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Old 03-04-2009, 03:07 PM   #1
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In preparing to make a Framboise, I had planned to use some Lactose to sweeten the brew. Fortunately, there came the realization that the wife is severely Lactose intolerant, so this would impact ale making just as much..or more..than the consumption of dairy products. I don't want to kick up the alcohol, but merely sweeten the batch. I have heard of the use of other artificial sweeteners, but wonder if others might have preferred selections that would not impact the flavor in the way that a sacharine would.

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Old 03-04-2009, 04:35 PM   #2
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Sucralose (Splenda) works very well for me and I have a history of problems with non-sugar sweeteners, both 'natural' and artificial.

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Old 03-04-2009, 07:54 PM   #3
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+1 to the Splenda. I used 1 1/2 cups per 5 gallons of a raspberry beer. Worked out fine!

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How about stevia? I've been interested in checking it out as an alternative to lactose sweetening.

It's non fermentable, and from what I can tell vegan friendly.

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It can work but stevia has it's own taste issues. Add to much to a coffee and you see what I mean.

Local health food store had a whole bunch of new healthy sweetner alternatives when I was there last. I should have taken a longer look at what the were.

I donlt trust any of those man made sweeteners. Chemicals..bleh

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I don't know much about using campden tablets, but theoretically you could always use some of those and then backsweeten with sugar. This will only really work if you keg, of course, but it is an option.

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Local health food store had a whole bunch of new healthy sweetner alternatives when I was there last. I should have taken a longer look at what the were.
They were possibly stevia based. If I'm remembering correctly, the FDA approved stevia as a food additive not too long ago. Before that, it could be sold as...I forget what - dietary supplement, maybe? - but not as a food additive. Again, I'm not 100% sure about this, but that's what I'm remembering now.
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They were possibly stevia based. If I'm remembering correctly, the FDA approved stevia as a food additive not too long ago. Before that, it could be sold as...I forget what - dietary supplement, maybe? - but not as a food additive. Again, I'm not 100% sure about this, but that's what I'm remembering now.
I think stevia per se is still banned (except as a dietary supplement) but there are some extracts made from it that are allowed as of late last year.
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+1 to Splenda. I use it to sweeten my wines also.

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-1 to splenda haha. I mixed up a pint of apfelwein with it and did not like the result. It works for other people apparently though.

I was wondering the other day if lactose in beer was in the same ballpark concentration as in dairy products that would bother a lactose intolerant person.

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