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Beer Recipes and Food => All Grain => 12 - Porter => Topic started by: redroast on August 27, 2015, 10:28:34 PM

Title: Maltodextrin Supplier
Post by: redroast on August 27, 2015, 10:28:34 PM
Hi All
I see some porters in my future. The recipe that I am going to brew specifies maltodextrin.

Does anybody know of a place in Fredericton to get maltodextrin?

Is this something that bulkbarn would carry, or are you pretty much limited to Noble Grape or online? Thanks, Red
Title: Re: Maltodextrin Supplier
Post by: Jake on August 28, 2015, 08:28:02 AM
Not entirely sure what maltodextrin is and I have never used it. Looks like people use it to add body to their beer. Looks like it's unfermentable sugar based on what I just read. We've used lactose in our stouts/porters and have obtained the "add body" end result ... is there much difference between the two>?
Title: Re: Maltodextrin Supplier
Post by: blisster on August 28, 2015, 12:39:47 PM
Is this an extract recipe? My understanding is that maltodextrin is mostly used for extract brewers to add body. All-grain and partial mash recipes would normally use different grains/adjuncts to achieve the desired effects instead.

Maltodextrin is an unfermentable complex carbohydrate that adds body/weight/mouthfeel with little sweetness (some say it's up to 12% fermentable, there is no standard for it so it may vary a little).  Bodybuilders make shakes with it for post work out carbs since it doesn't break down as fast as dextrose in the digestive system (no quick spikes and drops in insulin/blood sugar) and doesn't taste too sweet. Anyway, getting off topic, haha

If the purpose of adding maltodextrin is to add body, Lactose (milk sugar) could be a substitute but my understanding it will give a much sweeter/smoother texture than maltodextrin.

Dextrin (Carafoam/carapils) would probably be the best substitute if doing an all-grain or partial mash recipe, it will give you extra body and head retention plus other grain benefits but won't be quite as "smooth". It will make the beer cloudier because of the protein but that shouldn't matter in a porter. Unmalted barley or oatmeal can add body too if you are not set on following the exact recipe or need to follow any style guidelines.

If you want to follow the exact recipe, I'd say Scoop and Save might be your best bet to find it around here or perhaps GNC?.
Title: Re: Maltodextrin Supplier
Post by: redroast on August 31, 2015, 10:23:50 AM
Here is the recipe:    People seem to like it, and as this is my first porter, I am hoping to stick to the recipe as close as possible.

I ended up just ordering some from Everwood. Thanks for your help.
Title: Re: Maltodextrin Supplier
Post by: ECH on August 31, 2015, 05:59:45 PM
I have an Oktoberfest recipe I am doing on Labor day and it calls for Maltodextrin. I just assumed it did the same as Lactose, just without the sweetness.