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Additives are defined as ingredients that are added to beer that are not either water, grain, hops or yeast.

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Campden Tablets Corn Sugar Honey Irish Moss Rice Extract Tannin Yeast Nutrients


Campden Tablets PhotoCampden Tablets are typically used in wine and mead recipes. They are a source of sulfur dioxide and help prevent oxidation.
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Corn Sugar can be used for priming beer before bottling. Lee's Brewery, however, prefers to use light dry malt as a priming agent. Corn Sugar is also used as a brewing adjunct in place of malt by some commercial breweries. The advantage of this is a lighter and cheaper beer. Quality breweries do not use corn sugar in their beers.

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Honey Photo Honey is highly fermentable and can be used, in small quantities, in place of sugar or malt in beer. Honey can also be used to make mead or honey wine. See Lee's Brewery Recipe page for mead recipes.
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Irish Moss PhotoIrish Moss is a natural additive made from algae. It is used as a clearing agent for beer. It is added within 10-15 minutes before the end of the boil. 1 teaspoon is sufficient quantity for a 5 gallon batch.
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Dry Malted Rice ExtractDry malted rice extract can be used in place of light dry malt in a beer recipe. The advantages are a lighter bodied beer AKA Budweiser. (The American company) Lee's Brewery prefers to use either only grains or malt extract in it's recipes.
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Tannin PhotoTannin is typically used in wine and mead recipes. Tannin is an organic compound contained in many cereal grains and other plants including hops. Tannins aid precipitation of proteins from beers or wines, thus clearing "protein haze".
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Yeast Nutrients PhotoYeast Nutrients are added to the wort near the end of the boil as food for the live yeast to be added later once the wort has been cooled. The addition of yeast nutrient promotes a healthier fermentation which leads to a lower final gravity for the beer. These nutrients are actually concentrated yeast extract and can been found in international food or health stores.
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Revised: Sunday, December 21, 1997 22:18:49
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