Maltodextrin addition - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Maltodextrin addition

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 08-31-2011, 08:10 PM   #1
flabyboy
 
flabyboy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2010
Dover, MN
Posts: 945
Liked 13 Times on 13 Posts



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?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2011, 08:24 PM   #2
unionrdr
Heavyweight homebrewing author & shootist of air
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
unionrdr's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2011
Sheffield, Ohio
Posts: 38,961
Liked 3689 Times on 3170 Posts


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).
__________________
NEW books on amazon/Kindle! Check it out now...
Home Brewing- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PBAP6JO
Distopian Sci-Fi- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NTA0L6G
New! John Henry- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GBV3UXU

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2011, 08:36 PM   #3
flabyboy
 
flabyboy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2010
Dover, MN
Posts: 945
Liked 13 Times on 13 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by unionrdr
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?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2011, 08:42 PM   #4
Shooter
Almaigan Brewing Co.
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Shooter's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2008
Dublin (No, not that Dublin)
Posts: 4,562
Liked 271 Times on 209 Posts


Lactose will add a little sweetness...but not much.
__________________
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. - C. S. Lewis, English essayist & juvenile novelist (1898 - 1963)

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2011, 08:44 PM   #5
flabyboy
 
flabyboy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2010
Dover, MN
Posts: 945
Liked 13 Times on 13 Posts


Not looking for a lot of sweetness. Just a touch

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2011, 09:17 PM   #6
Shooter
Almaigan Brewing Co.
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Shooter's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2008
Dublin (No, not that Dublin)
Posts: 4,562
Liked 271 Times on 209 Posts


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.
__________________
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. - C. S. Lewis, English essayist & juvenile novelist (1898 - 1963)

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2011, 09:29 PM   #7
nilo
 
nilo's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2009
Seattle, WA
Posts: 731
Liked 26 Times on 21 Posts


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

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2011, 09:48 PM   #8
flabyboy
 
flabyboy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2010
Dover, MN
Posts: 945
Liked 13 Times on 13 Posts


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?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2011, 09:51 PM   #9
nilo
 
nilo's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2009
Seattle, WA
Posts: 731
Liked 26 Times on 21 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by flabyboy View Post
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.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2011, 10:06 PM   #10
flabyboy
 
flabyboy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2010
Dover, MN
Posts: 945
Liked 13 Times on 13 Posts


Has no fermentables in it then?

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools



Forum Jump