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Old 05-24-2007, 08:28 PM   #1
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Well, I won a bag of malto-dextrin as a part of my prize package from the homebrew competition I entered. It is not something I ever even thought about buying but I have it so I guess I will use it. From what I understand it is something to be added to extract brews for added body. Is it of any use in AG? Maybe for a maltier type beer?

I suppose a stout would be good so maybe I will save it for the next time I make my oatmeal stout. Or, I am about to brew a scottish 80/ ale. Should I add it to that?

Do you add it to the boil or add it later like bottling time. It does not ferment yes? no?

Thanks for your suggestions.
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Old 05-24-2007, 08:36 PM   #2
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MD is flexible, but not fermentable.

You can use it in the boil, racking to the secondary, or add it in with the priming sugar at bottling time if you think that your brew tastes too thin.

Some recipes call for 4 oz and such, but it really depends on the type of brew and how it tastes to you.

So you have 2 choices: add it per a recipe or prior to bottling to up the body (mouthfeel).

A word of warning: I used a recipe that recommended 4 oz and...if you use too much you'll notice that any floaties (yeast particles) in the brew will not move. A lot like they are suspended inside jello.

I haven't used it in several years, but the second time I did I only used 1 oz, or was it a .5 oz??
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Old 05-24-2007, 08:51 PM   #3
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A word of warning: I used a recipe that recommended 4 oz and...if you use too much you'll notice that any floaties (yeast particles) in the brew will not move. A lot like they are suspended inside jello.
So, you end up with REALLY chunky beer?
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It's not going to give you any flavor, so don't think of it as adding to "maltiness." If you see a recipe with carapils, you could probably use some of the MD in its place (since carapils basically just gives you additional dextrines for mouthfeel). Generally with AG brews, though, if you want more mouthfeel you just mash higher. I'd either keep it around in case you get a batch that seems too thin at bottling (maybe you missed the mash temps, got them too low).
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Old 05-24-2007, 10:05 PM   #5
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I like using maltodextrin in soda. It gives root beer a creamy feel.
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...keep it around in case you get a batch that seems too thin at bottling (maybe you missed the mash temps, got them too low).
Sounds good. Thanks. So boil with the priming sugar then?
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Sounds good. Thanks. So boil with the priming sugar then?
You know, it does have a Potential SG value. I use MD in my recipes all the time...anytime I want to add body and mouthfeel without addng sweetness. You could add it at bottling, or you could account for it in your recipe and add it to the boil---which is what I usually do. Unless you're one of them dudes that gets hung up on the AG purity issue.
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i've always gotten better mouthfeel with malto dextrin. I add it to just about everything now.
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I prefer to use it at bottling only if the beer tastes thin and could use more body. If the beer tastes fine (sampling) then I don't use it.

K of G: No, the beer wasn't chunky, just thick.
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K of G: No, the beer wasn't chunky, just thick.
Sorry HB99 I just misunderstood. No offense. Thanks for the help.
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