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Old 12-20-2011, 05:07 PM   #1
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Hey guys I am a huge fan of ipa's and I have my first batch getting readdy to bottle and its around 5% but for my next batch I want it to be in the range of 6.5-8 abv. What is all the things I can do to raise the alc. Thanks for the help.

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Old 12-20-2011, 05:08 PM   #2
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Hey guys I am a huge fan of ipa's and I have my first batch getting readdy to bottle and its around 5% but for my next batch I want it to be in the range of 6.5-8 abv. What is all the things I can do to raise the alc. Thanks for the help.
more sugar = more alcohol. Add another lb or 2 of dme or lme or dexrose.
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:10 PM   #3
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more sugar = more alcohol. Add another lb or 2 of dme or lme or dexrose.
Does that change flavor at all?
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:13 PM   #4
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Does that change flavor at all?
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:17 PM   #5
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Does that change flavor at all?
The dextrose will give you more alcohol without changing much else. It does impart some minor flavors that you may not like but it shouldn't be much. The malts will give more body, flavor and alcohol. Look at this to get an idea:

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Old 12-20-2011, 05:18 PM   #6
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You need to compensate by adding more bittering hops to avoid the finished beer being cloying.

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Old 12-20-2011, 05:42 PM   #7
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Download BeerSmith and set all of the settings to what you're doing (partial/all grain, pre-boil volume, equipment, etc). Enter your recipe into there. 5% is way too low for an IPA.

What you're going to want to do is up the grains or extract as well as the bittering hops. BeerSmith will give you a great approximation of IBUs and OG if you have everything set correctly. The alcohol comes from the malt but in order to not end up with a sweet beer, you need to up the bittering hops as well.

I try to keep my extract, whether it be LME or DME, at around 60% of my malt when doing partial mash. In other words, 60% would be LME/DME while the other 40% are my grains.

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Old 12-20-2011, 05:48 PM   #8
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5% is not way too low. In Utah, we have 4.0% ABV IPA's that aren't terrible. YMMV.

Adding any fermentable sugar will increase alcohol content in your brew. I would consider finding a recipe that has the ABV that you want rather than take an existing recipe and just increase the sugars.

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Old 12-20-2011, 06:14 PM   #9
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5% is not way too low. In Utah, we have 4.0% ABV IPA's that aren't terrible. YMMV.
How so? 4-5% is standard for APAs. IPAs generally have a much higher IBU which would usually require much more malt to achieve a proper balance. Maybe it's not WAY too low but it is too low to be classified as an IPA, IMO.
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Doesn't Utah have the law that beer can't be over a certain ABV?

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