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Malto-Dextrin

What it does :

Malto-dextrin is used to enhance body and mouthfeel in low gravity beers.

What it is:

This non-fermentable sugar is a chief element of malted grain. It is available in powder form.

How it works:

Low gravity beers may lack sufficient malt character, specifically protein compounds, to provide satisfactory mouthfeel. Malto-dextrin can be added to the brew to compensate.

Mechanism:

This material is not fermentable but contains the protein compounds needed for mouthfeel and body.

Dosage:

Add up to 8 ounces per 5 gallon batch. Add during the wort boil.

Drawbacks:

This additive may cause chill haze in light-colored beers.

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Malto-Dextrin