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Old 08-03-2010, 06:25 PM   #1
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I just bought a recipe kit. What can i do to raise the alcohol content?

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Old 08-03-2010, 06:28 PM   #2
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easiest thing is to add more fermentable sugars to the wort

you can do this by adding more malt extract- which is probably the best way

adding corn sugar will yield higher alcohol content and lighter body, adding tablee sugar will increase alcohol content but may cause off "cidery" flavors. Adding jsut sugar isn't really recommended for making good beer

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Old 08-03-2010, 06:29 PM   #3
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Add some more fermentables. Like more extract. But you need to make sure your yeast can handle higher alchohol content some cant, so check on the yeast manufactures website.

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See above reponses. You can also add honey, which is pretty much 100% fermentable from what I've heard.

You can also add bourbon. I'm adding a small amount to my Imperial Stout for flavor and to pump up the abv by 0.5%. It's a small amount, but it's true.

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Old 08-03-2010, 06:32 PM   #5
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so do i just need to add more malt extract? can i just by more malt from the suppliers?

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If you use more malt, you're going to need more hops! More hops! More hops!

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so do i just need to add more malt extract? can i just by more malt from the suppliers?
yes, just add more malt extract. yes. don't forget to use more hops!
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Is the kit an all-in-one kit? Mr. Beer or some reasonable facsimile?

To get more alcohol, you need to add some more food for the yeast - some kind of sugar. You can add table or corn sugar at specific proportions or, better yet, add liquid or dry malt extract.

You'll find, though, that by adding sugar, the beer can - depending on how much you want to jack it up - become very dry and thin at best. At worst, it can make it taste terrible. It really depends on how much you add; the more non-malt based sugar that you add beyond about 15% of the total sugar will affect the quality. Nothing is easy in this craft.

1 lb. of sugar will increase the gravity by a little less that 10 points.

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Old 08-03-2010, 06:35 PM   #9
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You'd be better off brewing it as is and then buying a higher gravity kit next time. When you just start dumping in fermentables to try to get a better buzz, you are messing with the balance of the recipe and it's not going to be the same beer. If you just want a cheap buzz, then go buy some cheap beer and get hammered.

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Old 08-03-2010, 06:36 PM   #10
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so it would be easier to buy 2 reipies and put them into one batch... will this double my alcohol content. im sure that it is not that easy

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