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Old 09-30-2011, 06:18 AM   #1
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I'm new to homebrewing so please ignore my ignorance. I'll be making the all grain version of "Moose Drool" over the next few days. I'm using the recipe out of "Clone Brew" book.

the ABV in the recipe is 5.3%. How can I, or what do I need to add to increase the alcohol by volume.

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Old 09-30-2011, 06:35 AM   #2
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I'm new to homebrewing so please ignore my ignorance. I'll be making the all grain version of "Moose Drool" over the next few days. I'm using the recipe out of "Clone Brew" book.

the ABV in the recipe is 5.3%. How can I, or what do I need to add to increase the alcohol by volume.
Add sugar... sucrose, maltose, dextrose, etc.
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Old 09-30-2011, 12:17 PM   #3
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Increase extract. Use more malt and/or boil longer to concentrate the extract from the malt you have. This is the best way to increase ABV as you maintain balance. If all you are after is alcohol (the beer will be thin, dry, lack mouthfeel and malt character) then convert at low temperature (145 °F) so the extract is highly fermentable, supplement with sugars, honey etc. and use a highly attenuative yeast strain.

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You can add more fermentables to increase the ABV, but it may throw the taste out of balance. A good beer is all about balance of flavors, not just higher ABV.

Since you are new to brewing I would recommend brewing it as is, or if you want a higher ABV brew then pick a recipe that is formulated for that.

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Old 09-30-2011, 12:37 PM   #5
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I'm new to homebrewing so please ignore my ignorance. I'll be making the all grain version of "Moose Drool" over the next few days. I'm using the recipe out of "Clone Brew" book.

the ABV in the recipe is 5.3%. How can I, or what do I need to add to increase the alcohol by volume.
One of the easiest ways to increase alcohol would be to mash at a lower temperature.

Remember MALT

M=more A=alcohol L=lower T=temperature
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Increasing the ABV will affect the flavor profile and mouthfeel of the beer - the bigger the change, the bigger the difference. I would suggest brewing this beer according to the recipe.

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I know nobody is going to convince you otherwise, and you're still going to bump up the ABV on this one. But please listen to me - make a starter. It's ridiculously easy (and kinda fun), and you just need to plan a day or two in advance.

Everyone tells us new brewers to make a starter, and you think "nah, the yeast will be fine, screw it". But seriously when bumping up your OG, do it - you'll be happy you did!

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Bump your base malt up a pound or two and increase your bittering hops maybe 10%. Or you could just brew a bigger batch.

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You can add more fermentables to increase the ABV, but it may throw the taste out of balance. A good beer is all about balance of flavors, not just higher ABV.

Since you are new to brewing I would recommend brewing it as is, or if you want a higher ABV brew then pick a recipe that is formulated for that.
+100000000

If you're picking a recipe - especially your first recipe - out of abook of clone recipes, why on Earth would you want to change it in any way? Kinda defeats the purpose of picking a clone brew in the first place!
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