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Old 06-05-2011, 01:37 AM   #1
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Default Techniques for brewing high gravity beers without the hot alcohol taste.

Hi all,

I've heard brewers on podcasts and web sites talk about how they can brew 10-12% beers that don't have a hot alcohol taste. I was wondering if anyone could kindly share their experiences and techniques on brewing strong beers without the strong taste.

Thanks!

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Old 06-05-2011, 01:49 AM   #2
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A proper pitch of healthy yeast and cool fermentation temps have always done it for me.

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Old 06-05-2011, 02:26 AM   #3
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And plenty of time to mellow out. Higher grav-more time needed to condition. I'm talking months to years, not weeks.

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Old 06-07-2011, 01:37 PM   #4
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i just did a barleywine several weeks ago that had an OG of 1.125. its still slowly bubling away in fermenter around 60*F. it will probably go into secondary after 4-6 weeks, and then sit there for maybe 6 months. i dont expect to drink it this year.

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Old 06-07-2011, 03:46 PM   #5
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The Bruery (a brewery out here in SoCal) gave a presentation on brewing high grab beers. One of the tips was to infuse the cooled wort with a little less oxygen at the start, and then give it another shot about 12-18 hours later.

As said above, another key is plenty if yeast and controlled fermentation temperatures, erring on the low side.

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Old 06-07-2011, 04:46 PM   #6
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Proper pitching rate is number one. A close second is keeping primary fermentation temps on the low end of the spectrum for the first couple days.

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+1 - Yeast management. Pitch rates and controlled fermentation temperatures are important, regardless of the original gravity of your beer.

Balance is really important. If you have a 15 IBU, 1.110 OG, brew with 95% 2-row, then the alcohol is going to dominate.

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Oxygen for sure. Also, you might want to consider aging on some oak.

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Old 06-09-2011, 02:28 PM   #9
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a proper pitch of healthy yeast and cool fermentation temps have always done it for me.
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And plenty of time to mellow out. Higher grav-more time needed to condition. I'm talking months to years, not weeks.
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I think that about sums it up.
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