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How to get a creamy mouth feel in your home brew beer

How to get a creamy mouth feel in your home brew beer

While beer making can be fun and all, the proof is in the drinking. Brewers want their beers to have a good mouth feel and a great taste.

It's the most important part.

At the extreme, a great tasting beer that is flat is not a good experience right?

So a creamy mouth feel and good taste can make the drinking experience wonderful. When that perfect ale slips down your throat nicely, the brewer has done a great job. They probably followed our brewing guide! ;)

If you are wondering what we mean by a creamy beer you could thing of the feel you get when you drink a Kilkenny or a Guinness beer. Forget what they taste like, they are good examples of a creamy beer.

They do have a clever and interesting trick that helps them be so creamy – they are pumped with both carbon dioxide and nitrogen!

How to get a good mouth feel in  home brew beer

So how can you get the creamy feel of a beer as a home brewer?


It's easy.

Almost too easy.

Here's how to do it:
  1. Use more ‘unfermentables’ in your beer. In effect this is malt. The more malt you add, the 'creamier' your beer will be. This is in the sense that your beer will be more viscous, making it feel thicker in your mouth. 
  2. You could try adding sugar lactose. Lactose is not fermentable by yeast, and it will give your beer a milky mouth feel. Lactose is added to Milk Stouts to increase the body of the beer, and give it a creamy mouth feel.
  3. You could try and high alpha hops. Such an approach would of increase the beer’s bitterness, but also increase the level of ‘isohumulones’ that help enhance head retention. A better head can assist with good creamy mouthful.
  4. Do what the Guiness brewers do and pump the beer with nitrogen and CO2. This would of course require some pretty serious investment in some gear!
  5. We certainly do not advocate putting cream in your fermenter! We imagine that would ruin your good work and vastly increase the likelihood of a beer infection occurring.

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