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Old 08-23-2009, 12:21 PM   #1
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Hey all! I just got into a interesting "convo" with my buddy about home brewing beer. He stated that all home brew should be at least 6% abv or there is no point in home brewing.... At this point I look at him amazed and said "What are you NUTS!!! Homebrew should be about the balance of flavor and the intracal workings of how your malted grains or extract and Hops meld with the other flavors you add." His reply was simply "The more ABV the Better, and I would think twice about drinking a homebrew that is light on the alcy side." I laughed, walked over to him grabbed my homebrew out of his hands and drank it in front of him. Upset he said "why did you do that??" I replyed "this mild dark ale is only 3.7%" A shattered friend then asked for another great beer! Ahahah I thought it was funny. So that brings me to my point, Who brews strickly for a higher ABV here?


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Old 08-23-2009, 12:31 PM   #2
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It depends on what your goals are and personal preference. Everybodies motivation and tastes are different. I personally don't brew much below 5-5.5%ABV and more often brew around 5.5-6%. That is the alcohol level that balances with the style of most of the beers I prefer. My preference. I have met people who are IIPA junkies, and I have met people who just like heavy beers. In both these cases you are usually looking at higher ABV numbers.

If your friend just wants to get drunk cheap, teach him to brew moderate flavor high ABV Malt liquors.

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ABV is the least of my concern. Flavor is 100% what I brew for - otherwise I would just drink grain alcohol.

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Alcohol is only a secondary concern for me. Generally, I just watch it so that I end up with something not too strong and not too weak. "Just right", to paraphrase.

I'm much more concerned with flavor, bitterness, and overall balance to the beer than getting a fast buzz.

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I love big beers, but if I'm going to be making 5 gallons of something, I'd rather it be a sessionable beer I can drink after a hard's days work and not have to worry about the next morning. Style, flavor, appearance are all way more important to me.

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Alcohol is only a secondary concern for me. Generally, I just watch it so that I end up with something not too strong and not too weak. "Just right", to paraphrase.

I'm much more concerned with flavor, bitterness, and overall balance to the beer than getting a fast buzz.

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I generally brew in the 4-7% range but overall flavor and balance comes first, the ABV depends on the type or style I am brewing!
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I agree flavor first. ABV ends up being what ever it turns out to be.

I normally brew 4.5% - 5.5%. Then I'll seasonally brew a winter big beer between 7.5% and 9.0%. This year it's a cross between a Belgian Strong Ale and a Barleywine.

Those winter warmers are great after blowing a foot of snow out of the driveway.

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I have a buddy like that, he will find out I just bottled some beer and ask for some. I tell him it wont be ready for a few weeks and he's like "I don't care,I'll drink it flat"...so I will make him wait even longer for his 6 pack..

I think he will get a bottle of Night Train from me for X-Mas..

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MMMMMMMMMM Night Train Not! Now that brings back some bad memories of my youth LOL bow to the porcelain alter O young one

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So that brings me to my point, Who brews strickly for a higher ABV here?
People in prison do.
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