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Old 01-08-2008, 09:14 PM   #1
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OK first of all I’m not an alcoholic. I do plenty of small session beers.

But I was looking for a big Bock for spring and through a series of disastrous moves my temps were way off this weekend and I only ended up with a 1.050 OG instead of something like 1.067. As such my ABV will be much lower than expected.

I realize that ABV is not the only thing in a big beer and it must be balanced with the other tastes but aside from that, what do you think of the proposition of adding some Everclear to the finished beer before carbonation to boost the ABV closer to where I was aiming.

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Old 01-08-2008, 09:19 PM   #2
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Just add a pound or two of boiled DME.

Or, if time is of the essence, steep a 2 pounds of carapils with a pound of 2-row and add it into the carboy. It will add very little additional fermentable wort, but will add to the maltiness so the everclear doesn't dominate the thin beer.

And, honestly, I'd rather add vodka because it is a purer, better distilled, product IMHO.

And, honestly, I'd rather just add more DME.



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Old 01-08-2008, 09:20 PM   #3
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I think DME would be a better route to take than Everclear. Alcohol taste in beer fades with aging alcohol taste in vodka does not.

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if alcohol is all you are after then just boil up some beet sugar or even table sugar and add it. that would be a hell of alot better than adding everclear.

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Your beer will realy be out of balance if you just add alchohol adding boiled DME or LME is a much better option

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OK it went in the Lagering Chest yesterday so do I still have time.

If so the procedure would be boil up a couple of pounds of DME tonight. Use as little water as possible to make it as high a OG as possible. (any ideas on a ratio) Cool it to the lagering temp and add to Carboy. Is that right?

I have extra light DME and Amber. For an ordinary Bock 50/50?

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this can't end well...

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Use the Everclear as a chaser, rather then putting it into the brew.

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Use the Everclear as a chaser, rather then putting it into the brew.
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this can't end well...
Ya I'm getting that feeling too. I'm on the fence (if you can be on a three sided fence) between:
1) RDWHAHB. It will still come out around 5.25% ABV. Hopefully drinkable if not instyle or what I was looking for.

2)Try and add the DME to come closer to style.

3)Toss it down the drain and start again this weekend. This might be the way to go in that I got into this whole thing because 8 months ago I couldn't find a Bock for spring. Don't want to have to wait for spring '09 to taste a proper one. Two this is my first Lager and I don't want to wait the three months or so taking up the Lagering Chest just to toss it down the drain then. Also it tasted kinda astringent to me not sure if that was the hops or my imagination or excess tannins. What temp does tannin extration become an issue. Unfortunately my LHBS had f'all for yeast when I was there a couple of weeks ago.

Any further advice in regards to the DME. Amounts, how much I could hope to raise the OG.

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