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Old 01-14-2012, 11:18 PM   #1
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Thinking of adding a little something to this oatmeal stout? Nothing crazy, just boost the alc content without affecting taste. Any ideas of how to do this without affecting anything or has worked well for anyone? Help a noob out please. If this is a bad idea, say so. DO NOT want to jack it up

What would adding the priming sugar to boil do? I keg, so it's unneeded

Have NOT brewed yet

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Old 01-14-2012, 11:19 PM   #2
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It's a Midwest kit

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5 ozs of priming sugar in 5 gallons will increase abv by about 0.25%.

Up to half a pound of sugar (corn or table sugar) will not affect the taste of the beer much, and will boost alcohol. Some beers can support more; in fact, some need more, but you really need to understand what you are doing before adding too much, so I'd suggest restricting it to a half pound for now.

Some additional extract would be better, increasing the malt flavor with the alcohol

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adding sugar will also "thin" your beer out because the yeast will basically consume 100% of corn sugar.

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Any alcohol added to the boil would boil off and not increase the abv at all. If you want a beer with a higher abv brew one with a higher OG.

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using lactose will give you alcohol and some light sweetness. Milk stouts use this.

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Any alcohol added to the boil would boil off and not increase the abv at all. If you want a beer with a higher abv brew one with a higher OG.
No ****... Looking for answers like the rest of the guys. Thanks for the help.
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Could one add milk?

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5 ozs of priming sugar in 5 gallons will increase abv by about 0.25%.

Up to half a pound of sugar (corn or table sugar) will not affect the taste of the beer much, and will boost alcohol. Some beers can support more; in fact, some need more, but you really need to understand what you are doing before adding too much, so I'd suggest restricting it to a half pound for now.

Some additional extract would be better, increasing the malt flavor with the alcohol
Thank you, I may try this. Milk maybe? Noob here, only a few boils under my belt
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No ****... Looking for answers like the rest of the guys. Thanks for the help.
Am I reading your response right? Are you upset with me because of my response? I meant no disrespect. If I offended you, please accept my apology, as it was not intended.
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