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Old 11-01-2011, 05:31 AM   #1
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Hello all. Quick question. I have used 8 oz of Malto Dextrin in my brews with good success. I plan on using Lactose to sweeten my brews. Sorghum gives a bitter after taste and I would like to sweeten it up a tad. Now, both are largely unfermentable so would 8 oz of Malto Dextrin and say 4 or more oz of Lactose make beer too thick? Should I go with 4 oz of both and still get mouthfeel and sweetening effect. Or maybe use 3 lbs Sorghum extract and 3 lbs Brown Rice Syrup to cut down on Sorghumy taste. Also, how much of Lactose would it take to impart a difference in taste? Please help.

 
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Old 12-07-2011, 01:07 AM   #2
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I have not used lactose in conjunction with maltodextrin, but if I did I would keep the maltodextrin at 8 ozs and go ahead with the lactose amount as planned (4 ozs). As far as adding brown rice syrup to cut down on the sorghum taste, I rarely do that any more. I typically use sorghum as the main fermentable and only use brown rice syrup to boost gravity.

Good luck with the maltodextrin/lactose combination. Would you mind posting your results?

 
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Old 12-07-2011, 07:44 PM   #3
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I do a chocolate stout that uses 8 oz maltodextrine and 1lb of lactose. It's delicious. Velvety mouth feel and the sweetness really balances out the bitterness from the roasted grains.

 
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:33 PM   #4
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I do a chocolate stout that uses 8 oz maltodextrine and 1lb of lactose. It's delicious. Velvety mouth feel and the sweetness really balances out the bitterness from the roasted grains.
Wow. 1 lb. And you say your Stout is delicious. That isnt too sweet? I only want a little bit of sweeteness to offset the Sorghum and hops. I love Magnum an Fuggles

 
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Old 12-27-2011, 10:32 PM   #5
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Lactose doesn't really taste sweet. It tastes "creamy" in general. In particular it probably contributes more to a creamy mouthfeel than flavor.
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