OK, I need to make some connections in what I have been learning so I can apply it to my beer. I love a beer that has some perceived residual sweetness - it really turns on my taste buds and seems to allow me to pick up the various other flavors in a given beer. I emphasised perceived because sugars includes starches which we cannot perceive as sweet. I am interested in getting sugars that are tasteable, and (I think) not fermentable. And that is what leads me to ask a couple of questions:
As I understand it, Maltotriose is semi-fermentable. In other words brewers yeast will ferment some, but not all.
1. Is this what accounts for perceived residual Sweetness (PRS)?
2. I imagine this could be yeast-strain dependent. Am I correct in this?
3. I understand that Crystal Malts contribute to RS. Is it because they have more Maltotriose?
4. Are the Crystal Malts equally sweet? If not, where can I go to learn how they vary?
5. I also understand the Mash temp contributes to RS, but is it tasteable? In other words, does targeting Alpha Amylase in one's mash actually contribute to perceived sweetness or just more unfermentable starches?
Or maybe I'm not even asking the right question yet. If so, how does one get PRS in a beer?