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Old 12-02-2009, 11:57 PM   #1
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Without taking away from body and flavor.

I have a 1.010 ending gravity beer which is around 3% if I'm not mistaken, and the taste at bottling was GREAT! I was wondering how can I get the ABV up without bringing the quality down?

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Old 12-02-2009, 11:59 PM   #2
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Well, you can add more base malt to the recipe.

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Old 12-02-2009, 11:59 PM   #3
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Did you calculate that by your OG?

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Old 12-03-2009, 12:03 AM   #4
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Awfully unfortunate, my recipe is on my desktop PC and oh guess what? My power supply died while I was out of town for a week and the computer was off! So... yeah until I get a new power supply (ordered last night) I am unable to answer that question because I can't remember it from 4 weeks ago

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Old 12-03-2009, 12:05 AM   #5
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At this point, there's nothing you want to do to that beer. In the future, you can up the malt and work on keeping it balanced.

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Old 12-03-2009, 12:15 AM   #6
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At this point, there's nothing you want to do to that beer. In the future, you can up the malt and work on keeping it balanced.
I certainly will! It's already bottled but just to clarify, adding more base malt into the wort will increase the ABV? What type of ratios are we talking here? this batch I did 50/50 liquid/dried. Light extract liquid 3.3 lbs and light extract dried 1lb.
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Old 12-03-2009, 12:15 AM   #7
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The FG alone does not determine the Alcohol Percentage.

You can have a 15% abv beer with a FG of 1.010 or a 1% abv beer with a FG of 1.010

to find the % alcohol you must have the OG and FG

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Where did you get the original recipe?

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Where did you get the original recipe?
I basically didn't use one. I took what I learned from my first batch (the day before) which was a kitted Red Ale, and applied some knowledge I have been learning from reading the forums, books, etc. and added some orange/lemon zest in addition to the aforementioned extracts. Used Light Barley to steep and cascade hops as boiling AND finishing hops. I also used 6oz instead of 5oz of dextrose in hopes I get a tad bit more carbonation -- that or the bottles will pop while I'm out of town this week lol
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Do you remember the specifics of the recipe?

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I also used 6oz instead of 5oz of dextrose in hopes I get a tad bit more carbonation -- that or the bottles will pop while I'm out of town this week lol
Was this a 10 gallon batch?
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