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Old 11-20-2012, 07:58 PM   #1
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Default 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?

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Old 11-20-2012, 08:01 PM   #2
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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.

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

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

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Just use about a cup of boiled & cooled water.
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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.
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Thanks all.

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