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Old 11-02-2010, 05:07 AM   #1
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Default Root Beer lacks body, any tips?

I tried the Gnome extract root beer mix tonight. I have the sweetness where I want it but both my wife and I agree it is lacking body or "feel." I did not add the 1 oz of dextrin the recipe calls for. Is that the ticket? Perhaps a touch more honey? Brown sugar? Thanks!

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Old 11-02-2010, 05:27 AM   #2
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Yes dextrin will help with the body. That's probably why it was in the recipe.

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Old 11-02-2010, 05:36 AM   #3
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Thanks. I figured as much. Was hoping someone had another ingredient that would do the same and save me a trip to the LHBS

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My son made rootbeer all the time. He'd do either a 2L bottle, or a bunch of 16 ounce plastic bottles. it was really good- just sugar, the rootbeer extract, and the malto-dextrine, and of course yeast. One time he must have mis-read the amount of MD, because he made bottled rootbeer Jell-O. It sure had great body, though- like Jigglers!

Seriously, that IS what gives the root beer the body and mouthfeel. In the correct amount, you should really have great root beer!

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How much dextrin would you use for a one gallon batch? I have some rootbeer extract, and am thinking of getting it going if I have enough bottles left over (tomorrow is my first Ale bottling day!)

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