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TVarmy 03-25-2010 01:11 PM

Converting a dry stout kit to a milk stout?
 
I ordered the promotional wheat stout kit from AHS and a pound of lactose, with the intent of adding some lactose to make a cream stout similar to the Deception Cream Stout in the stout recipes page. Is this a good idea? How will the lactose effect hydrometer readings? I'm thinking I'll add .5 lb lactose to a 5 gal batch, so will that just add a certain number of points to the SG that I just remember to subtract?

TVarmy 03-25-2010 01:38 PM

Some people say they add lactose along with the priming sugar, so that they don't have to worry about hydro readings being changed. Does that affect the flavor?

GilaMinumBeer 03-25-2010 01:46 PM

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Originally Posted by TVarmy (Post 1966312)
I ordered the promotional wheat stout kit from AHS and a pound of lactose, with the intent of adding some lactose to make a cream stout similar to the Deception Cream Stout in the stout recipes page. Is this a good idea? How will the lactose effect hydrometer readings? I'm thinking I'll add .5 lb lactose to a 5 gal batch, so will that just add a certain number of points to the SG that I just remember to subtract?

I don't see anything wrong with lactating a dry stout, other than it won;t be dry anymore.

And that didn't sound right.

Honestly, I have no idea what the ppg of a pound of lactose is. It would affect gravity readings tho'. Hydrometers measure sugar and they aren't selective.

.5 pound sounds good.

GilaMinumBeer 03-25-2010 01:47 PM

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Originally Posted by TVarmy (Post 1966368)
Some people say they add lactose along with the priming sugar, so that they don't have to worry about hydro readings being changed. Does that affect the flavor?

Does lactose affect flavor?

Yes, certainly.

TVarmy 03-25-2010 01:49 PM

Er, I meant, does it affect flavor, as compared to adding it durring the boil instead of at the end? Thanks.

GilaMinumBeer 03-25-2010 01:57 PM

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Originally Posted by TVarmy (Post 1966390)
Er, I meant, does it affect flavor, as compared to adding it durring the boil instead of at the end? Thanks.

Nah. Aside from some maillard reactions possible in the kettle that might add some character Lactose is not fermentable by SC.

Brewman79 03-25-2010 01:58 PM

you dont wanna do that

Bobby_M 03-25-2010 02:01 PM

why don't he wanna

TVarmy 03-25-2010 02:04 PM

I kinda do wanna, so I asked. :confused:

Do you think it'd throw the flavor off balance? If there's more to a milk stout than just adding lactose, I'll just go ahead and do it dry. I'll use the lactose for something else. After all, I do like Guinness as well as cream stouts.

Or was it I don't wanna mix it with my priming sugar? That was just a suggestion I found while googling the forms.

GilaMinumBeer 03-25-2010 02:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Brewman79 (Post 1966417)
you dont wanna do that

Pretty sure he do wanna. Just a hunch.


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