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Old 01-20-2006, 01:23 PM   #1
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I have brewed 3 batches of beer this month (Eng. Pale Ale, Oktoberfest, and Stout) that all average 4 or 5 percent alcohol. How would I go about getting those numbers up to say 6-8%? I usually use either 6.6 lbs syrup extract or the equilivant in dry, and I would like to keep that body in my beer but give it some extra PUNCH, ya know? Any help would be appreciated!



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Old 01-20-2006, 01:55 PM   #2
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Being fairly new to brewing, I understand that if you give the yeast more food they will make more kick. Some of the receipes that I have used have used up to 8 or 9 pounds of lme. Look around for bigger receipes that are still balanced for hops and color and flavor. The last receipe I did came in at 6.42% (give or take) and it was a clone of Bells Two Hearted Ale with the receipe coming from homebrewersupply.com.

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Old 01-20-2006, 01:56 PM   #3
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Add extra DME or LME to get the abv you want. Be sure to kick up the hops to account for the extra sweetness.

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go with more fuel! If you are concerned with disturbing the body of the brew, then select an extra LB or 2 of extract that fits in with the brew-for my regular ale, I have 8.6lbs of extract-6.6 of Pale LME, 1 lb amber DME, and 1lb light DME. it comes out with a nice light body, not heavy at all, and not sweet-though I do bump the hops. This formula normally comes in the mid 6%ABV range.

remember too that DME is slightly more concentrated than the LME, due to the water content in the LME. FWIW

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More malt is what you need. Every 1.5 pounds of LME will add 1% to the ABV. If you try to go above 8%, use a high gravity yeast (like a scotch ale yeast).

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Old 01-20-2006, 03:30 PM   #6
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That's fairly simple then: just add more extract and hop it up some... I have a recipe for a Brown Ale that calls for:

3.3 lbs British Malt Extract
1.5 lbs pale dry malt
8 oz crystal malt
4 oz black patent
1 lb brown sugar
1 oz Fuggles hops
Ale yeast
5 oz corn sugar for priming

What type of ABV (ballpark) can I expect from this recipe? I would think it should be higher (but somewhat thinner bodied?) considering a pound of brown sugar, but I'm thinking of doing this one next, if I can get the ethanol content to 6% minimum. From what I understand a brown ale is more malty than hoppy, so what would you guys recommend as a basic recipe to get these desired qualities? Thanks in advance!

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Old 01-20-2006, 04:36 PM   #7
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You know, the opposite is also true.

Keep the same amount of malt, but reduce the water and hops. The only difference will be a smaller batch.

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Or....I could quadruple the ingredients, double the batch and have a HUGE party NOT to remember!!

All kidding aside, I see your point HB99, and you've got me thinking... I bought 2 food grade buckets (3.5 Gal. size) that would be great for a 2.5 gal. batch. I also think they would be good for splitting up a batch for experimentation eg. regular stout vs. coffee stout. One batch could be contrasted against the other with a little more than one batch worth of work.

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Good. I got you thinking...

As long as you know there's more than one way to skin a cat...of course, if you worked at an oriental restaurant you would know that already.

New Korean cookbook: "101 Ways to Wok Your Dog" ...now, which beer goes along with that..Dongdongju!

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I saw one called "Hoppy Puppy"... that would be cute on the menu next to the "Schezuan Chicken" (they could make it a combo and call it Cats N' Dogs).



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