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Cheepbeer 11-20-2012 07:58 PM

Sweetening up 5 gallons??
I have a 5 gallon batch ready to bottle and it tastes great but I'd like to have it just a little sweeter. Should/can I use Lactose and any ideas how much to use? Can I stir it into my bottling bucket??

They say Lactose does not ferment and will stay sweet and not cause bombs??

Or do i run the risk of ruining my beer this way?

xjmox14x 11-20-2012 08:01 PM

You can definitely add lactose at bottling time. You can dissolve it in boiled water and add to taste. Sweet stouts often have up to a pound of it. What I would do is dissolve 1 pound in a few cups of water, then add to taste.

unionrdr 11-20-2012 08:02 PM

Lactose is usually added at the end of the boil,since it's a max of 5% fermentable. but a little at bottling time could be accounted for.
On the other hand,if it tastes great,why mess with it?...

HollisBT 11-20-2012 08:03 PM

Keep in mind that this will also affect the mouthfeel of your beer.

Cheepbeer 11-20-2012 08:04 PM

Thanks, This is a 4 % lighter beer and wont need to be too sweet. Dissolving it in water seems a good idea.

unionrdr 11-20-2012 08:08 PM

Just use about a cup of boiled & cooled water.

Cheepbeer 11-20-2012 08:08 PM


Originally Posted by unionrdr (Post 4607620)
On the other hand,if it tastes great,why mess with it?...

Yeah, I know.... LOL... I just think it would help to be a tad sweeter.

Cheepbeer 11-20-2012 08:30 PM

Thanks all.

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