The Great Bottle Opener Giveaway

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Alcohol blending...

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-04-2009, 09:23 PM   #1
BrewMunster
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 29
Default Alcohol blending...

Anyone have any tips or techniques on how to blend in the alcohol so that it

isn't the most noticeable thing in the beer. Or is it really all in how the recipe

is made?

__________________
BrewMunster is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-04-2009, 09:31 PM   #2
hopsoda
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Iowa
Posts: 289
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

What? like adding gin to a brew to up the alc%? explain?

__________________
hopsoda is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-04-2009, 09:31 PM   #3
homebrewer_99
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
homebrewer_99's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Atkinson (near the Quad Cities), IL
Posts: 17,951
Liked 82 Times on 72 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

If you can taste alcohol then it fermented at too high a temp.

Try blending some with a bitter brew about 50/50 to start and adjust from there.

Once you get your ratio right then just mix them in a pitcher before serving to your guests...call it a "Special Blend"...

__________________
HB Bill
homebrewer_99 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-05-2009, 10:11 PM   #4
BrewMunster
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 29
Default

So the only reason why you can taste the alcohol in the beer is because it fermented

at too high of a temperature?

__________________
BrewMunster is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-05-2009, 10:40 PM   #5
david_42
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
david_42's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Willamina & Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,648
Liked 131 Times on 124 Posts

Default

Also, beers over 8% ABV can have an alcohol taste, regardless.

__________________

Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk

david_42 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-05-2009, 10:40 PM   #6
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Upper Michigan
Posts: 60,041
Liked 4199 Times on 3057 Posts
Likes Given: 778

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BrewMunster View Post
So the only reason why you can taste the alcohol in the beer is because it fermented

at too high of a temperature?
Either that, or it's too high in alcohol for the style. Even a high ABV barleywine (which must be aged before drinking, to smooth it out) doesn't taste too "hot" after it's ready. A nicely balanced beer tends to not have a alcohol taste to it.
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006
Yooper is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-06-2009, 02:34 PM   #7
Cpt_Kirks
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Lakeland TN
Posts: 3,737
Liked 44 Times on 39 Posts

Default

The higher temps cause the formation of fusel alcohols. They tend to have a slight "sweet" taste, or a slight "chemical" taste. In high percentages, they can cause bad headaches ("pop skull").

In lighter beers, high levels of alcohol can be tasted easier. In heavier styles, higher alcohol is easier to "hide".

__________________
Cpt_Kirks is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
blending killian Bottling/Kegging 8 03-24-2009 06:39 PM
Blending MikeRLynch Mead Forum 1 10-26-2008 03:40 PM
Blending beers... jzal8 General Beer Discussion 18 05-17-2008 10:16 PM
Blending Yeast MikeRLynch Wine Making Forum 1 07-21-2007 05:30 PM
Yeast Blending Ó Flannagáin Recipes/Ingredients 4 04-05-2007 05:19 PM



Newest Threads