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Old 01-10-2013, 01:12 AM   #1
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What happens to Wort if you over Yeast?

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Old 01-10-2013, 01:21 AM   #2
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If you were depending on the yeast for esters such as in a German witbier, they will be greatly diminished. Some say that a yeasty taste can become apparent with high levels of over-pitching.

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Old 01-10-2013, 01:31 AM   #3
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If you were depending on the yeast for esters such as in a German witbier, they will be greatly diminished. Some say that a yeasty taste can become apparent with high levels of over-pitching.

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In regards to over yeasting, would using double yeast and adding extra sugar raise the alcohol content of the finished beer?

I just made my first batch (Stout altered to be a Baltic Porter with a coffee and chocolate flavors added), and the alcohol content is only about 4% by volume when I was hoping the extra sugar I added (1 cup before primary) would raise it. The aroma is nice and flavor seems to be a great preview before carbonation but obviously the % I wanted wasn't accomplished. I'm thinking an extra fermentation step with more yeast could solve that.

Tips for the next batch would be greatly appreciated.

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Adding extra sugar will increase the ABV. As long as the yeast can tolerate the extra alcohol, overpitching will not significantly increase the ABV.

Adding pure sugar will also decrease body and mouthfeel. If you are making an exceptionally strong beer this is desirable, otherwise you will want to bump up the malt extract/grains while keeping hops in balance.

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Adding one cup of sugar will increase the volume of alcohol, but depending on the original batch size may not do squat to the overall ABV. One cup of sugar in a 5 gallon batch won't be noticeable.

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I'm sensing a trend here. Overmalting? Overyeasting?

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Thanks for such a quick reply. I'll make sure to try more sugar in the next batch. How much for a 5 gallon batch would be best to reach an 8-9% ABV?

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Also, I'm using pre-made Wort kits from The Brew House, and just making alterations for my personal taste.

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Also, I'm using permafrost Wort kits from The Brew House, and just making alterations for my personal taste.
Pre-made not permafrost! Stupid autocorrect.
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