Best Way to Add Body

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BlackHat

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I'm thinking about making a dark beer not unlike Guinness Extra Stout and I want to make sure this beer has a lot of body. Most recipes I know of call for 1# of lactose to add body - including a clone recipe I found for Guinness E.S., but I want more than that. Is it overkill to create a beer with two or more pounds of lactose? Or is there a better way to add body to beer?
 

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I'd say a ponud of lactose will give you a very nice sweet stout, and Guinness ES is not a sweet stout. I would recomend using CaraPils or and malt that has "dextrin" attached to it's name. Dextrins are what gives the beer body.
 

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+1, a dextrinous malt will give you body without adding sweetness. Make sure you use flaked barley in there too.
 

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CaraPils, Wheat Malt, Flaked Wheat, Barley, or Oatmeal. All good ways to get better body and you can mix and match them.

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout via BYO:

13lbs 2-row
2lbs Flaked Barley
1lb Roasted

Use a pound of Cara-Pils if you want a chewy beer.
 
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