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Offline DrewG

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When should I add lactose...
« on: February 17, 2012, 10:00:57 AM »
....to the boil. Brewing a cream stout this weekend. Thanks in advance.
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Re: When should I add lactose...
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2012, 10:20:10 AM »
I add mine on bottling day with the priming sugar.  That way I can figure out if I want to add a little or a lot.  If you add it in the boil before fermentation, you don't know where your final gravity is going to be at, so why would you want to guess.  That's my humble opinion.  After you brew the same recipe a few times, you might get a feel for how much you like.  But you can safely add on bottling/kegging day without risk of overcarbonation or off-flavors, so why not.
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Re: When should I add lactose...
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2012, 10:22:09 AM »
I'm with Dave.
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Re: When should I add lactose...
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2012, 10:35:47 AM »
Recipe is out of Jamil's book, but it doesn't specify when to add it. The OG is listed at 1.060, finishing at 1.024
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Re: When should I add lactose...
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2012, 10:36:30 AM »
I fall into the last 15 minutes of the boil category.

But Dave's advice may be better for you. Ive brewed my Sweet Stout enough times to know how much I like.
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Re: When should I add lactose...
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2012, 12:45:56 PM »
I'm with Dave.
Me too, because I made a milk stout recently, adding it to the boil and I had a tough time reconciling the high final gravity. 
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Re: When should I add lactose...
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2012, 01:15:26 PM »
Makes sense to me too. Thanks Dave
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