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Old 12-18-2008, 06:31 PM   #1
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I just started my first batch. It's a liquid kit.

On transferring from primary to secondary, I measured/calculated 3.0%v alcohol.

Will the % alcohol increase more in the secondary, or while aging when bottled?

3% seems low for an end product. I am not meaning to make high alcohol beer, but I have always associated good quality beer at about 5.x% range - (yeah, I am from Canada - the land of beer).

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I just started my first batch. It's a liquid kit.

On transferring from primary to secondary, I measured/calculated 3.0%v alcohol.

Will the % alcohol increase more in the secondary, or while aging when bottled?

3% seems low for an end product. I am not meaning to make high alcohol beer, but I have always associated good quality beer at about 5.x% range - (yeah, I am from Canada - the land of beer).
If it's done fermenting, then the ABV won't increase. How did you calculate the 3%? Maybe it's simply an inaccurate calculation. If you post the recipe, I can run it through some brewing software and figure out the ABV%.
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Old 12-18-2008, 06:37 PM   #3
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I just started my first batch. It's a liquid kit.

On transferring from primary to secondary, I measured/calculated 3.0%v alcohol.

Will the % alcohol increase more in the secondary, or while aging when bottled?

3% seems low for an end product. I am not meaning to make high alcohol beer, but I have always associated good quality beer at about 5.x% range - (yeah, I am from Canada - the land of beer).
Hard to answer without knowing the recipe and your gravity readings. Generally, not much happens during secondary and bottle conditioning in terms of alcohol production. There are excellent beers in the 3% range, but the real question is what the original and final gravities of the beer you brewed were supposed to be versus what they actually were when you brewed/fermented it.
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Old 12-18-2008, 08:52 PM   #4
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ABV = (SG-FG) x 131

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I am thinking he read the % side of the hydrometer. I've made that mistake before.

Give us the SG & FG and that will tell alot.

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Hello, sorry for the delay.

My readings are 1.042, then 1.018.
Directions say 1.04-1.05 range to start, 1.02 or lower when transfering to second stage.

It's a BrewHouse kit.

The brew house

I have the cream ale, sure loooooks tasty. Top half looks nice and clear - and dark reddish, just like the picture.

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Yep. Looks like a 3.2(ish) beer.

The starting gravity looks reasonable. Your finishing looks high. Most likely due to it being a liquid extract kit.

Extracts in general don't attenuate as well as all grain, and liquid extracts in particular don't attenuate all that well.

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You can always spike the batch with vodka or (better) everclear.

Or, simply dump a shot or half shot into the glass before you pour.

Extra alcohol is easy to add. Especially if you keg.

Frankly, I am starting to cut the OG in my brews, especially the lighter ones. I have a cream ale that came out too hot, about 7%. It will knock you on your ass, but the high ABV makes it slightly unpleasant to drink.

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A 7% Cream Ale?

I agree with bumping the ABV, the purer the liquor the better (read: don't use your $4 airlock vodka ).

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Thanks for your help.

I guess 3.2% is what these kits do. I'll take a final reading in a couple weeks once it is done, before bottling. It sure looks like much better beer than commercial. Very colorful. I'm drooling and 2 weeks is a long time.

I'll try a couple more liquid kits for practice, then I'll try a recipe from scratch. My local store seems to have a good assortment of raw products.

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