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Old 03-06-2013, 10:57 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I recently did a SNPA-like extract recipe and had some questions on OG.
The OG was 1.048. I was hoping for something around 1.050 or a little higher even. Sierra Nevada's website states that SNPA is 13.1 deg. Plato, which is around 1.053.

I used 6.6 lbs Briess Light LME. How would one go about increasing the OG on a brew like this? My brew should end up about 4.8-5.0% ABV. A little low but not too bad. My thought was to switch to using a Briess Pilsen DME at maybe 7-7.5 lbs. It would help lighten the color a little too. Anyone have any thoughts?

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Old 03-06-2013, 10:59 PM   #2
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More sugar = higher OG. So, yes, increase the amount of extract next time.

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Old 03-06-2013, 11:00 PM   #3
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You could throw in a little DME. Missing by 2-3 points is not a big deal. I'd RDWHAHB. You can also add just a touch of sugar or honey. It will boost the OG without a change of flavor and the small amount you would need to get 2-3 points wouldnt be enough to really thin it out or affect the fermentation.

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Honey is a wonderful addition to get out a couple more points in the OG without making your FG too sweet. Honey is ~96% fermentable IIRC. I prefer it to sugar when boosting the OG in extract recipes because I think it adds a little complexity and does not add as much fussel alcohols as table sugar.

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I've read about adding honey to increase OG. My OG was 1.048. How much should I add to increase the OG to around 1.053? Would I add it at the beginning of the boil?

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I'd add it at the end of the boil personally. You can use any number of online calculators to figure out how much you need. I'm not at my home computer otherwise I'd plug it into beersmith real quick.

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I've read about adding honey to increase OG. My OG was 1.048. How much should I add to increase the OG to around 1.053? Would I add it at the beginning of the boil?
yes use a calculator or wait for someone to answer you... and since I like math problems...

honey is 35 pppg - so assuming a 5 gallon batch, 1 lb of honey will add 7 points, you want 4 or 5 (or 2). so for 4 points, you want a little over 8oz maybe 9 or 10oz...

If you are using DME, then about 1/2 lb again DME is 45 pppg or 9 points per pound in a 5 gallon batch.
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yes use a calculator or wait for someone to answer you... and since I like math problems...

honey is 35 pppg - so assuming a 5 gallon batch, 1 lb of honey will add 7 points, you want 4 or 5 (or 2). so for 4 points, you want a little over 8oz maybe 9 or 10oz...

If you are using DME, then about 1/2 lb again DME is 45 pppg or 9 points per pound in a 5 gallon batch.
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I usually add honey in the last 15 minutes of the boil. It is a great way to dry out mid to high gravity extract brews.
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yes use a calculator or wait for someone to answer you... and since I like math problems...

honey is 35 pppg - so assuming a 5 gallon batch, 1 lb of honey will add 7 points, you want 4 or 5 (or 2). so for 4 points, you want a little over 8oz maybe 9 or 10oz...

If you are using DME, then about 1/2 lb again DME is 45 pppg or 9 points per pound in a 5 gallon batch.
Thanks, AC! I clicked this thread because I had this very question. Want to up the OG to increase ACV and this told me how much to use. Carry on...
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catdaddy66 - just to be clear 1lb of dme = 45 points, or about 9 points in 5 gallons, so 1/2 lb would be only 4 or 5 points to OG

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