Archive for November, 2010

Maltodextrin in Brewer’s Best seasonal Oatmeal Stout

November 30, 2010
The seasonal Brewer's Best Oatmeal Stout kit includes a 1 pound bag of maltodextrin.  Ever wondered what the heck that is… Here's wikipedia's explanation:

Maltodextrin is a common adjunct to beer brewing to increase the specific gravity of the final beer product. This improves the mouthfeel of the beer and reduces the dryness of the drink. Maltodextrin is not fermented by the yeast and has no flavor.

A pound of maltodextrine adds approximately 7 or 8 points to the OG and FG for a 5 gallon batch because it is only about 12% fermentable.  It is used to make the beer have a creamier feel.

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Why Not Try Making Mead

November 27, 2010
Mead is also called honey wine.  It is made by fermenting honey and water.  Homebrewers sometimes experiment with different types of beers, why not experiment with mead…. you might like it.  You can use much of your existing beer brewing equipment to make it.