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Old 11-18-2009, 08:18 PM   #1
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I've only got about two gallons of a Chocolate Stout I made, but was wondering how much lactose I'd add if I was to put it in a two liter growler. It's great at the beginning but lacks body, so adding lactose was the advice I got from someone more experienced than me.

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Old 11-18-2009, 08:22 PM   #2
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I added half a pound (8oz) to 5gal and that was too much. I'd add 1 oz and go from there.

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Lactose will add body and sweetness.

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Right! If it's body you're after, add malto-dextrine. That will add body. Not too much, though! (my son made root beer jello-o after misreading the amount of malto-dextrine to add).

If you want sweetness, the lactose would work great. It's a non-fermentable sweetner used to sweeten stouts (that's the "milk" part of a milk stout- lactose is actually milk sugar).

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For 2L, I'd start with 10 grams. Since it's a Chocolate Stout, a little extra sweetness would probably be a plus.

8 oz in 5 gal =~ 250 gm in 23L =~ 10 gm/L. Start with half that and add more if desired.

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