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Old 08-27-2010, 12:16 AM   #1
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I'm planning on brewing my first porter this weekend, and the recipe calls for lactose, however I've never brewed with it before. I just went to enter it into beerSmith and can't find lactose as an ingredient. Is lactic acid the same thing? or do I need to manually add lactose to BeerSmith?

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Old 08-27-2010, 12:41 AM   #2
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Lactose is an unfermatable sugar derived from milk. This could be why you can't find it in the fermentables list in beersmith (I have never used it so not 100% on that). Do not subsitute lactic acid in its place.


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Old 08-27-2010, 01:42 AM   #3
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Lactose will give a nice sweet finish (not overpowering) to the brew. I like the results that it imparts in stouts. I've never used it in porters before, but think it would be good in that style too. Like mattd2 says, don't use lactic acid; they are two different animals entirely.
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Old 08-27-2010, 01:45 AM   #4
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ok, thanks for clarifying. Think I'll just manually add it into BeerSmith. Didn't want to add another ingredient if it was just referred to by a different name.

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Old 08-27-2010, 02:18 PM   #5
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I'm not at home now...but I recall it being under milk sugar (IIRC)and not lactose. Either in the fermentables list, or the miscellaneous list.
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You don't need to manually add it, Eskimo is right, it is under Milk Sugar (Lactose) in Beersmith.
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I recently added some to my elderflower cider. I used 500g in 5 Gal, It doesn't sweeten much but it adds a nice body to it!
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You don't need to manually add it, Eskimo is right, it is under Milk Sugar (Lactose) in Beersmith.
arrrggh....I even looked for Milk Sugar, I was just looking under misc instead of Grains/Extract. thank you!


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