Lactose morose!
April 27, 2007 2:05 PM   Subscribe

Where can lactose (preferably goat's lactose) be purchased in U.S.?

I have a breadmaker friend who needs lactose sugars for his bread. He lives in Los Angeles, works his buns off, lacks the time to do research and is unable to find a source in Los Angeles County.
posted by goalyeehah to Food & Drink (9 answers total)
Best answer: Any local homebrew shop will carry it. Or visit Northern Brewer or William's Brewing.
posted by cog_nate at 2:25 PM on April 27, 2007

Seconding the homebrew store advice.
posted by MrMoonPie at 2:49 PM on April 27, 2007

Best answer: Or if he'd rather shop local, here's a list of LA-area homebrew stores.
posted by rkent at 4:00 PM on April 27, 2007

Your local health food store should carry it. I believe Bob's Mills and Now both make it and in the case of Now it can be ordered as an individual pack.
posted by munchingzombie at 6:37 PM on April 27, 2007

FYI, lactose is a pure sugar so there's no difference between lactose from a goat and from anywhere else.
posted by pombe at 6:54 PM on April 27, 2007

What pombe says is correct, though I suspect that if "goat lactose" exists, it's really just a protein-free fraction of goat's milk whey.
posted by rxrfrx at 6:25 AM on April 28, 2007

As we do not live in a world of Plantonic Ideals, I believe it's more accurate to say lactose is a sugar purified from milk; for anyone with an allergy to cow's milk, but not to goat's, the distinction between sources is likely to be one with a difference.
posted by jamjam at 11:03 AM on April 28, 2007

jamjam: actually, what's really accurate is to say that lactose is a disaccharide composed of one molecule of galactose and another of glucose bonded together. It could just as well be synthesized industrially as purified from any sort of milk.
posted by rkent at 1:51 PM on May 1, 2007

rkent: do you actually know of any synthetic lactose that's available in bulk quantities? Milk is cheap.
posted by rxrfrx at 7:07 AM on May 2, 2007

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