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Old 01-25-2006, 12:15 AM   #1
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Say I make a typical part grain ale recipe with 6 lbs. of extract. How would the alcohol content compare with, say, your average MGD or Bud?

Seems like I can drink a couple of American pilsners without feeling anything, but two homebrews?

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Depending on your state, most commercial brews are around 3.5% ABV. Your typical homebrew is around 5% ABV.

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I sent some off to a couple buds in WI a few months ago and they all said the same thing. Two homebrews and they were halfway to Tuesday.

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Most Ice Beers you can buy on the market seem to be the strongest-5-6% range. I think Colt 45 is a tick higher then that. Bust the rest are from 3-4%. You can very a home brew several ways. But most of mine are 7-9%.

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I sent some off to a couple buds in WI a few months ago and they all said the same thing. Two homebrews and they were halfway to Tuesday.
Apparently some of my cheesehead neighbors here can't hold their beer very well!
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Apparently some of my cheesehead neighbors here can't hold their beer very well!
I respect them for at least trying it. They can't be perfect, the BMC drinking fools....

Really though--I think they were just surprised. You don't expect it if you've never had homebrew before...
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most commercial brews are around 3.5% ABV
Of course, in the PNW 14% of the commercial brews average 6% ABV. Don't know about the canoe brews, I use them for brining sausages.
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When I am brewing I dont waste my time on anlything less then 6% . . . thank god for honey

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Come to Canada. Standard here is 5% and some of the Frenchies make belgian styles that go up to and over 11%!
Why is american beer like making love in a canoe?

It's f*cking close to water!

Long live homebrew.

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I guess most of the mainstream commercial beers are around 3.5%, but I don't think most of us drink those beers. I buy commercial stuff to explore a style, and what I buy fits the alcohol profile of that style. Stouts/porters are usually 5% or less. IPA's are usually 6.5% or more.

My homebrews work out the same way. Yeah, I could alter the makeup of fermentables (add honey, candi sugar, corn sugar, etc), but then I have left the bounds of the style I'm shooting for (in most cases).

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