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Old 03-09-2013, 11:34 PM   #1
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So I was sampling my Gonzo Clone from my flask (after I took my FG and put it in the secondary).

It's pretty sweet a little astringent although I thought that about my last batch at this point too and I think those things will fix themselves with age. My last thought though was that it had a pretty thin mouthfeel.

One of the things I love about a big porter is a nice thick creamy mouthfeel to it. What causes that in a beer anyway???

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So I was sampling my Gonzo Clone from my flask (after I took my FG and put it in the secondary).

It's pretty sweet a little astringent although I thought that about my last batch at this point too and I think those things will fix themselves with age. My last thought though was that it had a pretty thin mouthfeel.

One of the things I love about a big porter is a nice thick creamy mouthfeel to it. What causes that in a beer anyway???
Body/mouthfeel comes from dextrins, the longer chain sugars that are not fermentation.
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Body/mouthfeel comes from dextrins, the longer chain sugars that are not fermentation.
This. These are created by mashing at higher temperatures. Also, certain ingredients will yield more of a mouthfeel than others.
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Flaked oats will give a creamier mouthfeel.

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I need more research as it appears that my question was answered, but I sure didn't understand it.

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What I have seen in my porters is that time is what gives it the mouthfeel. They start out thin and when they mature the mouthfeel really improves.

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What I have seen in my porters is that time is what gives it the mouthfeel. They start out thin and when they mature the mouthfeel really improves.
I hope I can say the same about mine.
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I have had two beers that out of primary had real thin mouthfeel but after they were conditioned for three weeks they had very nice body so I would just wait and see what happens

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I need more research as it appears that my question was answered, but I sure didn't understand it.
Basically picture your brew as part fermentable, part not. It's controlling the unfermentable part that increases/decreases mouthfeel and head retention. I wouldn't judge a beer as a problem from a gravity sample though. It's great to taste your samples, but realize you are not tasting your finished product. Reserve judgement until it's fully conditioned and at serving temperature...
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