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Old 04-16-2007, 08:52 PM   #1
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Well...the beer is coming along well. I think I am disapointed in the ABV. I finally figured out how to take my readings and do the estimate. It looks like I am only around 4%. I was hoping for more, does this seem right?

OG=1.040
FG=1.010

How can I increase ABV in future batches?

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Old 04-16-2007, 08:55 PM   #2
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need more info. what kind of beer? was it extract, all grain? what was the recipe. obviously you'll need a higher OG to achieve a higher ABV. that's acomplished by having more fermentables in the wort.

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Old 04-16-2007, 09:02 PM   #3
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Extract with steeping grains

.5lb Two Row
2oz kent goldings
3.3lbs Amber Extract
1lb LD extract
1 lb honey

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I got 3.9% ABV using your figures.

To boost ABV, the best way is to use more malt. Find a recipe you like, and then look at the o.g. listed (or use a software program to figure it). You can guestimate your f.g. so you'll know about what you're shooting for.

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So, it looks like you used about 5 pounds of malt? What did you do with the two row? Did you steep it at a certain temperature?

The easiest thing to do next time would to be increase the malt extract, to maybe two cans. Same recipe with two cans of LME would give you an og of 1.061 with an expected ABV of 5.9%.

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Thats what I came up with and then I figured another 1/10th% in the bottle (but not sure about that)

So basically I need to break away from the kits is what I am gathering, or at least buy the kit and add more to the ingredient list.

All the buzz on IPA's....what would be a good "break away from the kit" recipe?

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So, it looks like you used about 5 pounds of malt? What did you do with the two row? Did you steep it at a certain temperature?

The easiest thing to do next time would to be increase the malt extract, to maybe two cans. Same recipe with two cans of LME would give you an og of 1.061 with an expected ABV of 5.9%.

The Two row was brought to a boil and steeped for 15 minutes


OK I got you...so more Malt=More ABV
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Yes, usually.

I don't understand about the two row- only 1/2 pound really would add nothing to your beer, just an extra step. And you should mash it at 150 degrees or so for an hour. No boiling. I've never seen a recipe like that before. If you use steeping grains like crystal to give color and flavor (but no real fermentables) that's one thing, but just using 1/2 pound of two row is really unusual. Again, steeping grains are usually put in a grain bag and steeped at about 150-155 for 20 minutes or so. Steeping grains don't need to be mashed, but two row does.

A good thing to do is to mention what kind of commercial or microbrews you like, then get some help here to find a recipe in a similar vein. Then, you'll make what you like and at the ABV you want.

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I have never had an IPA, so have no idea where to begin with that. I think I would like to be in the 6% range. I like full flavor, but not too bitter. I am not up to speed with knowlegg or equipment to go full grain, but would like something more complex than the basic kit...Does that make sense?

BTW as far as the recipe being unusual. You may be right. The grains were steep in a grain bag. Was put to gether as a "Brown Box" kit by my LHBS

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I don't understand about the two row- only 1/2 pound really would add nothing to your beer, just an extra step. And you should mash it at 150 degrees or so for an hour.
I agree. Strange. And did you buy the 2-row crushed or did you take a rolling pin to them. I find 2-row very PITA to crush.

Still, 1-2 pounds of well crushed 2-Row would have helped, but that recipe looks light (very light) for an IPA.
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