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Old 08-31-2011, 08:10 PM   #1
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I am in need of a little advice. I recently made a pumpkin ale that seems to gave fermented out pretty dry at 1.005. It's an All Grain batch. Is there anyway to add a little body to the beer after fermentation? The guy at Northern Brewer recommended boiling up a half lb of Maltodextrin in water and adding it to the primary. Anybody else here have experience doing this? Did it add any off flavors? More importantly, did it improve the beer?

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Old 08-31-2011, 08:24 PM   #2
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Maltodextrin doesn't add flavor,just more mouth feel. It's usually added at flame out. But,I guess you could add 8oz to 2C of boiled water & dump it in. It won't take away the dryness,just gives more body (mouth feel).
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Maltodextrin doesn't add flavor,just more mouth feel. It's usually added at flame out. But,I guess you could add 8oz to 2C of boiled water & dump it in. It won't take away the dryness,just gives more body (mouth feel).
Would adding lactose and malto give it a little more sweetness. 4 oz of each be reasonable?
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Lactose will add a little sweetness...but not much.

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Not looking for a lot of sweetness. Just a touch

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4oz each of lactose and maltodextrin will improve the body. I'm guessing you won't notice much change in sweetness with that little bit of lactose.

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If you want body + sweetness, add Lactose, perhaps 8oz. Dextrin adds no sweetness, just body. Boil with water for 5min, cool and add to your beer in primary.
Just for reference, I did a tasting test some time ago between table sugar, dextrin and lactose.
I added same amount (volume) of each to a certain amount of water. I assumed table sugar as the maximum sweetness possible (score 100) and pure water as no sweetness at all (score zero).
Table sugar score=100
Lactose score=20
Dextrin score=2

Gravity wise, Lactose shown to provide 45ppg while dextrin 47ppg. 8oz of lactose in a 5gal batch would bring your FG to about 1.010

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Thanks for all you help. Any reason to add it to primary vs a secondary? Do I need to stir it in or just pour it in and leave it?

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Thanks for all you help. Any reason to add it to primary vs a secondary? Do I need to stir it in or just pour it in and leave it?
If you are doing a secondary, you can add there too, just dump in there. I think you could even add while botling/kegging.
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Has no fermentables in it then?

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