Alternatives to lactose ?

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    Not sure if this is the correct section for this.....
    Are there any alternatives to lactose for sweetening a 'milk' stout ?
    Many people (65% of world population) are lactose intolerant, so cannot drink a traditional milk stout. Are there any other non-fermentable sugars that could be used as a substitute ?
     
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    Sounds a bit high. Not sure Wikipedia is the best source of information.
     
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    Possibly Stevia extract. Although sweetness is only part of it, you may need to increase oats or such like to replicate the mouthfeel.
     
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    It sounds high because here in northern Europe the rate is more like 20%, so we don't encounter it so often.
    The figure globally is more like 70%. Up to 90% of people of Asian or African descent lack the means to digest lactose.
    (That's why Mackeson sales were very poor in those regions.......)
     
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    Some obvious correlation between the above info and the best cheese producers.
     
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    Yes, maltodextrin makes a good substitute. In fact, I used it in an impromptu "milk" mild when LHBS ran out of lactose, as a non-fermentable sugar for giving body and some sweetness. Worked a treat.
     
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    ^^^^ The above seem like good ideas...

    I don't use lactose in milk/sweet stout, nor did some breweries when the style was popular commercially.

    I tend to use mild ale malt, with around 10% oats and 5% crystal and chocolate/carafa III. Then mash @ 69c and a low attenuation yeast.
     
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    Interesting recipe. I'll have to nick that
     
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    I think Mackesons use (or at least at some point did) maltodextrin rather than lactose.
     
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    Cats can't digest lactose...or is that sawdust?
     
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    ^^^ Might be both, my cat farts if he drinks standard milk. Had the same problem with my daughter, they both drink lactose free milk now.
     
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    So would it be a straightforward weight-for-weight substitution (maltodextrin for lactose) ?
     

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