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Old 05-26-2007, 03:35 AM   #1
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There is obviously a relation between how many calories that are in your beer and the amount of sugar that was in the wart. Some of these sugars are turned into Alcohol and CO2, but there is still some left over sugar that is not fermentable. I want to make a brew that is not extremely sweet, but has a strong alcohol content (11%+). Wine seems to have these characteristics using grapes, but can it be achieved using beer ingredients? Also, it seems that when I use a program to calculate Calories/Pint when trying to make this 11% + brew it is estimating 750 calories/pint. This is not something that I want because I am trying to get my girlfriend wasted of this stuff, but I don't want her to get a gut like mine.

IN SHORT, Can we accomplish a beer with lots of alcohol, that is not extremely sweet and has around 400 cal/pint? That is what I am goin for with my next brew, the Rainfruit Rounder. I am going to do lots of experimenting with this one!

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Old 05-26-2007, 03:43 AM   #2
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I don' t think what you want to do is possible. Calories from beer come from the unferemnted sugars and ethanol itself has caloric value.

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Right- alcohol has alot of calories. Vodka, for example, has 64 calories per ounce. Usually you only drink an ounce and a half or so at a time, not 16 ounces, though! However, just to compare, that means that vodka has 1024 calories per pint.

The calories in beer come primarily from the alcohol, not unfermented sugars. Wine, too. Some of the beers I make come in at around 400 calories or less per pint. The Dead Guy clone is around 300 calories per pint, and so is my DFH clone. Both are around 6-7% alcohol.

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Makes sense, I think I am going to start distilling beer, making basically a really week scotch. 15-20 % ABV or so. Should be an interesting situation.

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Makes sense, I think I am going to start distilling beer, making basically a really week scotch. 15-20 % ABV or so. Should be an interesting situation.
I think this is illegal.
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I would worry more about the 10 to 15 years of aging it takes for a Scotch to start tasting good.

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Old 06-10-2007, 10:05 AM   #7
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yeah, bad idea. If you age thick beers as if they are wines though, good flavors usually come out of them. I am going to brew a batch that will be ready in 5 months or so, right when I get back from italy!

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You want to get her wasted but not if she's fat?

Can I suggest you just spike her drinks with drugs or vodka.

Why do people think a serious homebrew forum is the place to ask such things!!!

Yes I know. I'm an EAC!

Can we please have a forum to put threads like this in?

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I think this is illegal.
There are grey areas of distilling laws from state to state. I know some states it's not illegal to distill alcohol for personal use but it might be to give away. Some states you can distill up to 100 gallons a year. hmm... that's what the law on beer is, isn't it? 100 gallons/ year/ person in the household.
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This is not something that I want because I am trying to get my girlfriend wasted of this stuff, but I don't want her to get a gut like mine.
I hadn't noticed this one before.
It sounds like you really love and care about your girl friend. Maybe she should find another boy friend who actually respects her.
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