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Old 06-18-2008, 02:21 PM   #1
Jul 2007
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I'm making a light pilsner that calls for corn flakes.
Why not use corn sugar(dextrin) instead?

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Old 06-18-2008, 02:28 PM   #2
Nov 2007
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Well, for one, corn sugar is 100% fermentable, so it will dry it out. If that's what you're going for that's fine (i.e.- brewing a tripel- upping the alcohol, but lightening the body). With a pilsner, that's probably not the effect you want. Those corn flakes will add something to the body of your beer, which is to say the mouthfeel.

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Old 06-18-2008, 03:15 PM   #3
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Both corn flakes and corn sugar lighten the body of beer. Ive heard (on this website) that using too much corn sugar will give a off flavor.

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Old 06-18-2008, 03:48 PM   #4
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Corn flakes add flavors and mouthfeel to the beer that straight corn sugar won't.
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