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Old 04-27-2012, 04:54 PM   #1
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Default Doubling extract ingredients for 5 gal recipe

I want to make an imperial pumpkin but instead of adding sugars or more light dme I was thinking about just doubling to original recipe ingredients to get the ABV up to where I want it. Is this an ok technique?

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Old 04-27-2012, 05:14 PM   #2
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Works fine if you make sure to pitch enough yeast.

ADD: also, if you go really high with the ABV, some yeast strains will not work.

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Old 04-27-2012, 05:30 PM   #3
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What types of yeast would work? And would it be wise to make a yeast starter for a double extract recipe like this?

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Old 04-27-2012, 05:31 PM   #4
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How do you know which yeasts will go with a higher ABV. Is there a rating on most websites? Usually I use northern brewer.

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Old 04-27-2012, 06:03 PM   #5
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The liquid yeast makers list alcohol tolerances on their websites. You should make a starter for most beers over 1.065 I believe. A lot of people use Mr. Malty from what I have seen. I typically just wing it.

Even if you under pitch, your beer will ferment, just not as quickly and with more by-products. I think it also stresses the yeast so they might break down faster once they settle. I never leave a beer in primary for more than a month though, so I don't tend to worry about it.

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Old 04-27-2012, 07:05 PM   #6
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If you double a hopped can then you doubled the hops as well and the bittering too. It might work out well. Might not. Make a starter.

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Old 04-27-2012, 08:06 PM   #7
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if you double everything, you double up your unfermentables too.

What is the starting recipe?

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Old 04-30-2012, 02:04 AM   #8
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It's the pumpkin extract kit from northern brewer.

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Old 04-30-2012, 02:16 AM   #9
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that recipe is a lot to double.

your going to be at 2lb DME 12.6lb LME.
at this point your going to need additional pitchings (not a double pitch) additional oxygenation and stepped nutrient additions. 14lbs' in 5 gallons is going to be a long hard road
and it will probably need something like lalvin 1116/1118 at the end.

I think adding a couple extra pounds of fermentables is the way to go with this one.

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I think adding a couple extra pounds of fermentables is the way to go with this one.
Little bit of sugar is not a bad idea either to dry things up a bit...unless pumpkin syrup beer is the goal.
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