I need to sweeten a brew

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  1. David P

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    I'm looking to add sweetness to a one gallon batch at bottling and have been reading about the use of lactose.

    Does anyone have any idea of how much I might need to use? Is there a general rule of thumb for the standard five gallon batches that I can recalculate to match a one gallon batch?

    I don't want to alter any malt measurements. That point will be irrelevant to this instance.
     
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    i used .25 lb in a 3 gallon batch of pumpkin milk stout a while back.

    that had a lot going on in that batch, but i don't think the lactose was overpowering or lacking
     
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    you can sweeten a brew a number of ways, the easiest way is to use a unfermentable sugar or up the temp of your mash, remember lactose is the very thing many people are allergic too, splenda also works
     
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    I appreciate that but again, mash and malt don't enter into this situation.

    It's really more of a question of quantity instead of the choice of material. If I were to use Splenda, how much would I use for a one gallon batch?
     
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    I would use a tablespoon in 5 gallons
     
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    As far as lactose goes, it's only about a fifth as sweet as table sugar (sucrose). Splenda is about 300 times as sweet as table sugar. I've tried Stevia - don't. Nasty aftertaste.
     

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