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Hi all, thanks for the newsgroup.

I brew for my kegorator with brew lits and have a lovely drop for it.

I'd like to know about "LOW CARB" brewing. Is it a myth or reality?

& if it is real how do you do it?

Cheers in beers from Dan

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BYO has several articles pertaining to low-carb brewing:
Low-Carb Homebrew Creations (May, 2004)
Back to the Beano: Mr. Wizard (Jul.-Aug. 06)
Carb Cutting: Mr. Wizard (Dec. 06)

This one is online for reading:
http://www.byo.com/mrwizard/1112.html
It does exist.  Good luck,
Wild


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Thank you. I'll give it a go, I have to.

I've enjoyed beer too much and it shows.

It's hard not to drink when I brew a keg per week. 22-23 jugs of beer a =
week with my goodly missus. The kegorator must be filled constantly else =
I feel sad. Sob... only joking I'm not that obsessed. But I do love me =
beer.

I don't just have a beer belly I have a beer bum too. LOL

Hope fully this low carb beer can help.

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Now I have done some reading and sent of a question about beanos to =
beanos about the pills reducing the carb. No answer as yet.

A suggestion from one site is to put four beano pills per 5 gallons. The =
beano site says that cooking the beanos will reduce their effect in =
normal use.

Also to reduce the carb sugars I am taking an obvious step of halving my =
sugar in the brew from a kilo to half a kilo.

I am thinking of putting 16 pills in my kit brew of 25 litres. My keg =
holds 22 litres, I bottle the next 2 ltres and throw the brew muck last =
litre on the lawn. (doesn't seem to hurt the lawn).

Pertaining to the heat issue I think I should wait till all water is =
added to the wort so that it is at a yeast ready temp and add the pills =
at the same time as the yeast.

Anyone tried this or have good reasoning against or for this beano pill =
addition regarding lowering carbohydrates in the beer?

Cheers from a dieting drinker.

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Traditional homebrewing wisdom about Beano is to be VERY careful using it.
It WILL break down the carbs (into sugars), however, you can't control
it (it NEVER STOPS breaking down the carbs).

Most the people who've tried Beano that I've read about were NOT happy
with the results...  you NEED some higher order carbs in the beer for
flavor and mouthfeel.  Otherwise you're just drinking alcohol and water
(maybe that's what you're after?).

All that said, most posts I've ever read used FAR fewer than 16
tablets!!!  (Two or three, if I remember).

Derric


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Thanks for your info Derric,

From what I've read the 3-4 tablets is for a 5 litre amount, I'm making =
23 litres.

Are you saying that 2 or 3 tabs is enough for any amount of brewing as =
the active ingreediant/s continue to react negating the need for =
multiplying the pills per litre ratio? (within reason of course). Please =
keep in mind I do not bottle or store the beer and when I fill my 23 =
litre keg it is emptied within days. Free beer makes many friends :)

Does beano continue to be active in the refrigerated tapped keg? I know =
you said it NEVER stops but would refrigerating the keg for serving stop =
the process?

Also regarding the flavour, I have read a few differing accounts of =
flavour. The majority say the same as you, that the end result was not =
so good. Still that wont perterb me as I don't mind making some test =
batches to try and acheive my goal.

Are there additives to boost flavour while not raising the carbs in the =
beer?

There is a low carb beer on the market called "pure blonde" tastes =
pretty dam good (if your not too picky about your ales). I just wish I =
knew how they did it.

I just want my beer to taste similar to the brews I've been making but =
with less carb. Is the flavour difference so great?

My last few batches I have halved the sugar for my lit brews from 1 kilo =
per the 23 litres down to half a kilo so we can drink more without =
getting home brew pissed. I used to brew heavy with a kilo and a half of =
sugar but after 2 or 3 beers it'd knock us out, fun for a while but not =
too social.

I am after flavour in my beer, why else would you drink it :) I don't =
drink to get drunk anymore. Though sometimes with friends we do have =
more than a few.

I don't know if I can erradicate carbs from the beer but if I can come =
close and still have an acceptable brew it will be better than drinking =
the water & occasional diet cordial that I am drinking now.

Cheers from Dan





  > I am thinking of putting 16 pills in my kit brew of 25 litres.  ...

  Traditional homebrewing wisdom about Beano is to be VERY careful using =
it.
  It WILL break down the carbs (into sugars), however, you can't control
  it (it NEVER STOPS breaking down the carbs).

  Most the people who've tried Beano that I've read about were NOT happy
  with the results...  you NEED some higher order carbs in the beer for
  flavor and mouthfeel.  Otherwise you're just drinking alcohol and =
water
  (maybe that's what you're after?).

  All that said, most posts I've ever read used FAR fewer than 16
  tablets!!!  (Two or three, if I remember).

  Derric


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That has been my understanding, only from what I've read in various
newsgroups from people who've tried them.

You may want to post over in "rec.crafts.brewing" or at least search
those archives on Google.  ((Note your post will get the "don't do that"
answers for sure! :))  This topic does come up there once and a while.


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My understanding is that it is an enzyme, which, by nature, doesn't get
"used up."  You generally want enuf enzymes to act quickly, but I think
that if you only have a "few" that they will continue working over the
long term.  I don't know, but would suspect that they might continue
working (tho' slowly) even if refridgerated.  (Even most yeast continues
to work at refridgerator temps ... slowly).


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I suppose that would depend upon the flavor...  Any "sweet" flavor is
going to require carbs (unless, perhaps, some artificial sweetner might
work - I don't know).

Using darker malts would add some flavors, maybe roasty/toasty type
flavors that may not be composed of carbs.

I've read some differing thoughts on whether "body" comes from carbs.


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The commercial breweries have been trying to do that for a while.
Personally, I've not tried any of them.

Probably you will just have to try some small batches with different
ideas in each.  However, I'm not sure that you can actually test and
confirm any sort of carb level without lab equipment.

Derric



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