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Old 08-01-2012, 02:59 AM   #1
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I usually add a 1kg bag of malt/ dextrose mix to my wort to increase the alcohol content, are there other advantages to adding this? Or could I simply add sugar to save money, and get the same result? I'm using a fresh wort from my local brewery, this comes in a 15 Lt container all I am required to do is add water and yeast.
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Old 08-01-2012, 03:04 AM   #2
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I usually add a 1kg bag of malt/ dextrose mix to my wort to increase the alcohol content, are there other advantages to adding this? Or could I simply add sugar to save money, and get the same result? I'm using a fresh wort from my local brewery, this comes in a 15 Lt container all I am required to do is add water and yeast.
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Flavor and body. Sugar will thin the beer out and is flavor-neutral at best. Stick with the malt extract for the best tasting beer (unless you're going for a style that should be thinner/drier)
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Old 08-01-2012, 04:31 AM   #3
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Flavor and body. Sugar will thin the beer out and is flavor-neutral at best. Stick with the malt extract for the best tasting beer (unless you're going for a style that should be thinner/drier)
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Malt sugars are partially fermentable while table sugar and the likes are nearly 100% fermentable. Sure you'll boost the booze, but your beer will be lacking in the way of body and mouthfeel.
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:49 AM   #4
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I usually add a 1kg bag of malt/ dextrose mix to my wort to increase the alcohol content, are there other advantages to adding this? Or could I simply add sugar to save money, and get the same result? I'm using a fresh wort from my local brewery, this comes in a 15 Lt container all I am required to do is add water and yeast.
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Well, just dont add water or even if it is still to "light" boil it down a bit? Use the hydrometer to get your target ABV. That way, you are not "adding" anything that change the original taste of the beer.
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