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Old 09-08-2006, 01:10 AM   #1
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I'm an extract + steeped grains brewer, and I've found that I'm often disappointed in the amount of body and mouthfeel that I get. I'm not sure what I need to add to get a little more out of my beers. Is this something that is difficult to obtain with extract? Or will priming with DME help (vs. corn sugar that I usu use). Do I need to steep with more grains to get more unfermentables? Malto-dextrin to the wort? Has anyone else had the same problem?
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Old 09-08-2006, 01:13 AM   #2
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Both adding more grains and malto-dextrin will add to the beer's body. Some argue that using DME for priming helps as well; practically speaking, you use so little it's hard to see how it would make a discernable difference. Lactose adds body as well, along with a little residual sweetness.

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Old 09-08-2006, 03:29 AM   #3
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The Bird, so in your opinion, malto-dextrin would be the #1 additive to gain body? If so, how much would you add to a 5 gal batch? I know it's subjective to the consumer's taste, but what's a ballpark figure to start with?

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Try 1/2 lb of MD to start. I've used as little as 4 oz. and as much as 12 in extract recipes.

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What kind of yeast have you been using ? That will also play a part in the body of your beer.

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Old 09-08-2006, 04:35 AM   #6
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Me too! Mine's gotten round...

I tried 4 oz once. Man the beer was too thick for my tastes. Now, if I use any it's .5 to 1 oz tops.

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Old 09-08-2006, 04:13 PM   #7
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Add 1 cup of Oatmeal to the boil. It will help the body and make the head creamier.

Good old Quaker Oats from the grocery store will do just fine.

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Does the oatmeal have any effect on the taste? When during the boil do you add it?

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i would mash the oatmeal, or steep it in your case...

try adding a few more pounds of a base malt to your steep... i'd recomend some munich or vienna malt, as well as some carapils and or caramunich/caravienna....

flaked barley and oatmeal will also give nice body, and head retention, but will cloud your beer a bit.

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