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Perceived sweetness has a lot to do with balance. A beer with an FG of 1.025 sounds sweet based on that number, but if the IBU level is high or, better yet, well balanced, the beer won't be cloying. Similarly and coversely, a beer that finishes nearly dry at, say, 1.005 could taste quite sweet if the IBUs are low and the alcohol content is high. Alcohol ...


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Dry is the same as "not sweet". But high FG is not necessarily sweet. If the residual sugars are long-chain carbohydrates, they will contribute to body but not much to sweetness. So I'd say that low FG implies dry, but high FG does not necessarily imply sweet.


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Honey will pretty much ferment out completely. Between that and the small amount you use, you won't get much, if any, flavor or sweetness from it. Maybe try some lactose.


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Make a "graff" which is a malted cider. Get 2lb of dry light malt extract, boil it with an ounce of hops for 30 minutes max in about a gal of water. Pour 3-4 gal of generic apple juice (preservative free ideally) into a carboy, pour the hot wort on top. When it's cooled down a bit, pour in a packet of ale yeast like US-05. Bottle it after 3-4 weeks on ...


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Traditionally sweet stouts are sweetened by malts and underattenuation in fermentation. In recent times stouts are sweetened by unfermentable sugars like lactose. IE Milk Stout. I'm not aware of any dark malts that wouldn't provide their characters, in flavor. Though aging does make them more rounded and mild. ... After some conversation on http://hb.chat/ ...


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It shouldn't be a problem. Just release pressure and raise temperature. Consider moving your beer back to fermentation tank, if you are afraid that there is not enough space for foam or that yeast will clog pipes. If that's not a problem, leave it there. If fermentation will not start after about 3 days, you might need to add a fresh yeast slurry. Best ...


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I'm guessing this was actually an extract brew, so it's likely the wort was mostly fermentable. In the future you can use a hydrometer to measure how much sugars are left in your beer... then you can compare that number to an expected final gravity to make sure it really is time to bottle. If you've got an underattenuated beer sitting in the bottle, you ...


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Like Evil says, you have about three ways to make it sweeter: Add non-fermentable sugars. (In addition to the normal stuff, of course) Lactose is pretty usual for this one. I've made sweet stout extract recipes this way. Make sure your grain extract has lots of non-fermentables. This might mean mashing at a higher temp, if you are doing all-grain. You ...


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The best way to make sweet sparling cider is to force carbonate the cider using a kegging system. You will however need to employ some means of arresting the yeasts activity in order to either stop fermentation early or before you back sweeten. Instead of sulfites you can use potassium sorbate which will prevent the yeast from multiplying but you need to ...


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Some options: Mash at a higher temperature, around 158 F. This will decrease the fermentability of the wort and make it fuller-bodied and sweeter. Add some carapils, maltodextrin, or carafoam. All of these increase head retention and body a bit. Treat your water to favor the flavors. A 2/1 Chloride/Sulfate ratio with 100+ ppm of Chloride will help, as will ...


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Re: malty For me, malty is one of those kind of 'irreducible' qualities, i.e. it's hard to describe exactly what else it tastes like besides malt, in the same way that it's hard to say exactly what 'grape-y' tastes like, aside from 'like grapes'. A very large part of maltiness as a distinct flavor is melanoidins, the product of Maillard reactions between ...


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It's certainly possible that the banana esters are due to warm fermentation temperature. After sanitation, I'd argue that the most important step in brewing is fermentation temperature. You want both the correct temperature for your yeast (each yeast varies so check the manufacturer), and a consistent temperature. The method you mentioned helps primarily ...


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My understanding of "synonymous" is that it means "equivalent to". Therefore clearly no, "dry" is not equivalent to "low FG" which is not equivalent to "drinkable". However, they may well be related since low FG correlates with light body which can aid in drinkability. Similarly, if you like dry beer then you'll find it drinkable. And why exclude ...


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In my own experience, "dry" and "low FG" are completely unrelated. This surprised me at first, but there are a lot of other factors besides FG that determine the 'dryness' of the beer. Right off the bat, the amount of hop bitterness counterbalances the sweetness. Likewise, any astringent character from the mineral qualities of the water will start chipping ...


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The words may get frequently overloaded, but they actually all mean different things. I'll attempt to explain below. Dry(ness) -- Tends to refer to the amount of detectable sweetness in the final beverage. A beer that is hardly sweet would be considered dry. A dry beer could be correlated to Low FG, as little sugar would remain in the beer to taste. Low FG ...


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Until you post a recipe and hydrometer readings all I can do is guess that you didn't add enough hops to offset the malt sweetness.


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You've covered most the bases so without going into too much "why" here are some suggestions. The Why The key to light body sweetness are simple sugars (monosaccharides) but these are the easiest for yeast to eat. Larger molecule, harder to ferment sugars impart a cloying body and a slick mouthfeel. Suggestions Underattenuation. Stop fermentation ...


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Temperature is your most likely culprit. Other possible cause could be not enough yeast in suspension. Typical if fining agents are used in secondary. You're probably past the window for only temp correction to help your existing bottles. The sweet and low carbonation, sounds like the yeast isn't doing much with the priming sugar. Either not enough or ...


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What is the fermentation temperature? (Not the ambient temperature in the room, but the temp in your fermenter. Fermentation generates heat and can add up to 10 degrees to your brew as it actively ferments--forgive me if you knew this already, but I just wanted to be clear.) If your fermentation temp is too high (above 70-74 degrees) you might be ...


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You have a few options. No matter what option you choose, you main goals are: To backsweeten To avoid bottle bombs! As per priming with honey vs priming sugar.. Honey has more flavor than sugar. However, if you are only adding enough to do the priming, then you will not increase the sweetness. Another popular ingredient to sweeten ciders is apple ...


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Xylitol is widely used as a sweetener for ciders, as it is an unfermentable sugar that will retain sweetness in your beverage and allow you to carbonate naturally using regular priming sugar. However, there are reports that drinking too much of the stuff can give you stomach problems. As always YMMV.


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You might try bumping your OG and mash temp to increase the amount of non-fermentable sugars. Depending on the style, you may need to look for other ways of adding some of the flavors that the lactose may have provided.


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The end of fermentation is not marked by the lack of activity in an airlock. Its determined by the arrival at terminal graivty. The rule of thumb is to check the gravity a few days consecutively until it doesn't change anymore. It could be too sweet because it wasn't actually done.


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Just going to throw this in a well. I agree perceived is hard to really calculate from person to person. It is simply that the more non-fermentable dextrines that are in your wort, the perceived bitterness will be lower. 80IBUs suddenly tastes like 20-30IBUs. Same goes for the other side, if the beer is dry and hoppy. 80IBUs may seem like 110IBUs. This ...


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There is no calculation for sweetness. There are no sweetness units. Whenever I have seen this type of "grading" that you describe sweetness is just some sort of arbitrary lack of bitterness. But there is no reciprocal type calculation. Taking it a step further how do you calculate something that has the qualifier "perceived" in the title. Perceived ...


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Would placing the fermenter tank in a tub of water be a good way to handle hot environments? I started brewing extracts a couple of months ago and I started to do the "swamp cooler" method which sounds similar to that which you have postulated. The only difference is that I never replace the water. I would recommend using a outer bucket filled with water ...


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Butter Buds may be a good option for you. (http://www.butterbuds.com/home.html) It has a very buttery flavor. It is fat free which means it won't kill your head retention. While I haven't brewed with it, I have brewed with fat free peanut butter powder for my peanut butter chocolate stout and it worked very well. You should be able to find Butter Buds ...


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Your options are pretty limited at this point. If you want to add fermentable sugars to the keg, you'll need to incapacitate the yeast first. You can do this with a measured dose of potassium sorbate and metabisulfite, but that will likely affect the flavour. You could pasteurize the beer, but that's technically difficult and will also affect the flavour. ...


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Sweetness does overlap with maltiness, but sweetness definitely can come from things besides the final gravity. Maltiness can come from high mash temps, and at least in my beers they seem to not be too sweet. When I mash high, but without a lot of specialty malts, I get an increase in body, and a nice thick head but the beer can still be kind of plain. ...


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This is a good question, and I've talked to a few people that agree. I think it's just the nature of the recipe definition/creation process (especially historically): we control most directly the OG, not the FG, even if we're able to anticipate/estimate it. But, yes, we're really trying to control the bitterness:sweetness ratio in the consumed beer, and FG ...



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