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Old 08-15-2008, 04:28 PM   #1
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Default BrewVint Alcohol Boost ?????

Anybody use this?

I have a recipe that is 3.2% ABV and . . .well . . . .why bother.

But if it was 4.2% ABV then I would look into it.

BrewVint Alcohol Boost says it adds 1% with no changing the taste, color, or aroma

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Old 08-15-2008, 04:40 PM   #2
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I have used it on couple of brews and it did not change the color or taste but did raise the alcohol content by a little under 1% on each

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Seems like a plan.

I'm looking at a Southern English Brown

OG 1.041
FG 1.013
IBU 17
Color 26SRM
Alcohol 3.80%


Pale Ale LME 5.0lb

Crystal 80L 1.0lb
Crystal 120L 10.0oz
Special Roast 0.5lb
Pale Chocolate 6.0oz
Carafa Special II 0.25lb

Kent Goldings 5% 60min 0.85oz

Wyeast - 1968 London ESB Ale
carb 1 to 1.5 vol

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3.2% is right in line for a Southern English Brown. IMO, adding the alcohol boost in this beer would be a mistake. This should be a malty beer with a decent body and creamy, the extra alcohol will thin the beer out and detract from the body.

Why not brew it at 3.2%?

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Old 08-15-2008, 07:36 PM   #5
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Why not brew it at 3.2%?
Why not drink decaffeinated coffee ??

Heck! Even with 4.2% beer it takes too much liquid for me to catch a buzz and I only weight 165.

So what you are saying is that even though it will not change the taste, color, or aroma it WILL change the mouth feel??? and if that is the case I understand completely.
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I used the boost for a southern borwn ale so it was 4.8 instead of 3.8 and I loved it. It was the first time I tried it and the taste was great...not over powering at all, and the taste was great.

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There are tons of ways to boost alcohol. It seems like a gimmick to me.

Heck enough corn sugar in that recipe for 1% more abv would not change the flavor IMHO.

Or a little more pale LME? I just don't get it.

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There are tons of ways to boost alcohol...but for a buck or 2 and for the support of Forrest, I ordered 5 of them just to have on hand with my last order....I used one on a beer that was coming up a bit shy on gravity...Of course it won't do what the additional malt would have done, but it did do a nice job of cranking up the abv. I say Money well spent.

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I guess I didn't know it was so cheap. To each their own!

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I'd just make a stronger beer, but I don't see anything wrong with kicking up the abv if that's what you're after. As a fellow lightweight guy, I actually appreciate session ales because I can enjoy more of them without getting stupid. A 4.2" Southern Brown isn't exactly hooch, though.

Apfelwein is where I turn for something a little more high octane. That stuff will talk to you.

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