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Old 11-15-2010, 07:12 AM   #1
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How do you get the smooth & creamy mouthfeel effect in a homebrew? Is it the type of malts? The type of yeast? Or some other ingredient? Or a combination of them? I had an abbey ale, the name of it eludes me right now that was very smooth and creamy and enjoyable. How does one achieve this effect?



 
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Old 11-15-2010, 07:27 AM   #2
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Flaked oats - (Adds body, smoothness, and creamy head)

Flaked Barley - (Helps head retention, creamy smoothness)

Carapils, Carafoam - (Mouthfeel, Head retention)

Crystal or Caramel malt - (Sweet caramel flavor,mouthfeel,amber color,Helps head retention)

Candi Sugar or rock candi - (smooth taste, good head retention, sweet aroma and high gravity without being apparent)



I only added what I could think of as far as Mouthfeel, Body goes...Others will probably chime in as well. At least this gives you an idea. It all depends on what beer your making and what characteristics you want it to have...Your not going to put certain malts in beer if your brewing to style. Play with it.


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Old 11-16-2010, 01:09 PM   #3
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Wyeast 1450 (Denny's Favorite) lends a very smooth, creamy mouthfeel to the IPA's I've used in.

 
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Old 11-16-2010, 02:08 PM   #4
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Two other things:

-Any wheat product will add some extra protein to the beer, leading to thicker mouthfeel
-Mashing higher (in the 155-160* range) will leave more unfermentable sugars in the beer, leading to some extra mouthfeel.

 
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Old 11-16-2010, 03:46 PM   #5
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I've never done it, but some people add lactose sugar. And of course you can always carb with nitro if you are fortunate enough to have that ability.

 
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Old 11-16-2010, 04:22 PM   #6
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Adding Lactose will mainly sweeten the beer as it is an non-fermentable sugar. While it can also add to mouth feel and texture, it should be used primarily as a sweetener.

 
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Old 02-26-2011, 08:17 PM   #7
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I struggle with this too. I feel like all of my beers have had a thinness that I just equate with home brew. I've read about adding oats elsewhere, but won't that mess with your abv?

 
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Old 02-26-2011, 08:22 PM   #8
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Wyeast 1450 (Denny's Favorite) lends a very smooth, creamy mouthfeel to the IPA's I've used in.


I strongly agree. Try it, it's what you're looking for.

 
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:32 AM   #9
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maltodextrin?

 
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Old 02-27-2011, 01:23 AM   #10
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Not ONE comment about hand lotion and 2 minutes alone! I should be ashamed that is the first thing I thought......


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