I am brewing a Witbier from a Midwest kit and would like to boost the ABV a bit. Would adding 1 lb. of light DME to the boil be reasonable to do, or should I leave well enough alone and just brew the kit? How much will that boost the ABV in a 5-gallon batch? I have a two quart yeast starter with Wyeast 3944 ready to go. Thanks for the help.
I have made the midwest kit(extract i presume) and it's nice man. Why up the ABV? I got a few "Big beers" in my rotation but the style calls for it. I have however (Imperialized) recipe's. That will drive your abv up, but sometimes the flavor profile goes to hell and you gotta use a very resilient yeast.
Just add some clear candi-sugar to up your ABV, but be careful as it will lighten the body slightly. Many Belgian brews, including Wits, incorporate candi-sugar. You can make your own, takes about 30 minutes and there is a tutorial on the Wiki.
I'm late to the party, but I recently brewed a Wit (labeled a 'Grand Cru') from Papazian's book. In addition to the typical Wit ingredients I added 2 lbs honey. It's going to take a while to age, but I'll be happy to report any results.