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Old 04-09-2009, 05:18 AM   #1
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How do brewers of stouts get that "chewy" mouthfeel? I tasted my oatmeal stout, now in the bottle for two weeks, and it seems a little thin. My stout has good aroma and taste. I just wished it tasted a little thicker. I thought that the oatmeal was supposed to contribute to this attribute. Should I add maltodextrin or flaked barley to my next batch? I know that two weeks in the bottle isn't a whole lot. Will more time contribute to mouthfeel?

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5.75 lb light DME
1/2 lb Breiss Caramel 60
1/2 lb Fawcett Chocolate (365)
1/2 lb Flaked oats (used instant oats)
3 oz Roasted Barley
2 oz East Kent Goldings 4.25 AA (60)
Wyeast 1084 Irish Ale Yeast fermented at 68F

Priming 1 1/4 cup wheat DME (I used corn sugar). What effect, if any, would using the wheat DME for priming have?

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Old 04-09-2009, 05:21 AM   #2
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Maltodextrin will add body.

The amount of DME used to bottle shouldn't have much of an effect.

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now in the bottle for two weeks
This is the part that caught my eye, so yes to your question. Two weeks isn't long enough, I bet if you try another one in a week or so, and then in a month or so, you'll be pleasantly surprised about the change in mouthfeel.
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Old 04-09-2009, 05:27 AM   #4
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carapils adds mouthfeel or something like wheat or choclt malt I thnk also add alot of mouthfeel. Mashing at a higher temp could help even for a partial mash i would think

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Maltodextrin will add body.

The amount of DME used to bottle shouldn't have much of an effect.
First time I ran across using WHEAT DME as a primer. Usually just listed as light DME.
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For a stout, flaked barley, oats, carapils, carafoam are all great because they aid in mouthfeel and head retention.

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Yeast strains can make a difference. The Irish yeast is moderate attenuator. A yeast that doesn't attenuate as well should improve the mouthfeel. Also any other steps you can take to keep attentuation on the low side (ie slower fermentation) can help too.

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is it fully carbonated after that two weeks? carbonation will thicken up the mouthfeel.

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I'm assuming from your recipe that you just steeped the oats? I didn't see anything in your bill with any diastatic power, so even if you did a mini-mash, you didn't convert anything in the oats.
What I don't know is whether the mouthfeel that oats supposedly contribute requires mashing or if steeping alone will do it. Anybody?

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Not really fully carbonated, but where I expect it should be. It'll need some time as I expected. A lot of things improve with aging, just wondered about that nice firm mouthfeel that robust stouts have. May have to settle with the thinner kind until next batch.

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