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Old 01-09-2012, 01:55 AM   #1
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Can you add sugar after boil to raise acohol percentage, or during fermentation?

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Old 01-09-2012, 01:57 AM   #2
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absolutely. just make sure to boil it before adding it in

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short answer, yes.
long answer, yes, but make sure it's a measured amount and jives with the rest of the recipe or you may not get the results your hoping for, flavor wise.

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So I just need to boil it for 15 min just like priming sugar? Do I need to add more yeast? And do I need to let it cool before adding?

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Any idea of how I would figure amount to add?

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Well, a pound of table sugar in 5 gallons will up your ABV by a little over 1%. But there's a lot more in brewing beer than adding sugar to up the ABV - you have to consider how this addition will also impact the flavor, balance, body, etc.
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that's a matter of recipe. i'd say no more than 10% of your fermentables should come from simple sugar. do you have brewing software? i'd advise using software whenever putting together any recipe.

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I do not have brewing software just got my kit on christmas and bottled my first batch yesterday. I was just curious cause I was hoping to get a abv of about 6% my next batch.

I was told to use corn sugar, but I may need to pitch more yeast also. Is this true?

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Try Mrmalty.com to know how much yeast you need based on the specific brew. And search online for calculators and software. There's some free ones and things like beersmith offer a free trial, no purchase needed.

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I do not have brewing software just got my kit on christmas and bottled my first batch yesterday. I was just curious cause I was hoping to get a abv of about 6% my next batch.

I was told to use corn sugar, but I may need to pitch more yeast also. Is this true?
you can use pretty much any sugar - table sugar and corn sugar will give you the cleanest flavors, though you can also use brown sugar, molasses, honey, maple syrup, etc. Malt extract however may be more appropriate for you depending on the beer style.

It is recommended that you pitch more yeast for bigger beers, but how much depends on the total gravity of the beer, the volume, and the type of yeast (ale, lager, hybrid). Check out mrmalty.com for a great pitching rate calculator.
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