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Old 01-09-2007, 07:52 PM   #1
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I am obviously new to brewing my own beer... But what I was wondering is when you do brew your own beer... What is the alcohol percentage as compared to a bottled beer you would buy from the store? Also when you do brew the beer and ferment it.. does it produce any smell like souring foods or anything like that?

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Old 01-09-2007, 07:58 PM   #2
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That's up to the amount of malt used and the attentuation of the yeast.

If you use 6 lbs versus 10 lbs of malt the 10 lbs obviously has the capability of producing more alcohol if the same yeast is used.

If the yeasts attenuation is 68% or 77% matters also. The higher one has a greater probability of fermenting more of the malt while the lower one will produce a sweeter brew.

To offset the sweetness you'll have to add more bittering hops.

Simple, huh?

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Old 01-09-2007, 08:00 PM   #3
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Sorry for not being specific, but you can learn a lot from reading http://www.howtobrew.com/

Has so much in depth information in home brewing. It was extremely helpful to me when I started out.

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Alcohol pecentage depends on the recipe and how the brew ferments. Most would be 5-6 % which is comparable to the common commercial offerings. There are a lot of variables.

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Right- it mostly depends on taste. Your typical BMC (Bud, Miller, Coors) is what, like, 4%? It's certainly possible to design your recipes to come out at that level, or to design ones that are higher, based upon what you think you might like.

What sorts of commercial beers do you enjoy drinking now?

Also- beer-making has a very distinctive smell (especially if you're doing your boils in the house), but it should not be sour/offensive.

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Also- beer-making has a very distinctive smell (especially if you're doing your boils in the house), but it should not be sour/offensive.

Yeah you know, I have a Porter bubbling away...to me it smells great! I dunno but that is just me.
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Questions translate to: How strong can I make it and is there a chance someone will catch me.
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*sigh* Sadly I didn't notice the suspicious wording of his post...

Next question will be "how to make it more alcoholic" and then more memorable insults on par with Elitist *ss C*nt when he realises everyone is having a laugh at his expense hmmm that sounds familiar somehow...

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