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Old 04-30-2009, 12:44 AM   #1
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Ok guys, give me the "simple" answer to increasing the ABV of my beers. So far they have all tasted great but I don't want to "be able" to drink 12 of them. The whole point of homebrewing for me is to brew flavorful beers and just a couple fill me up (if you know what I mean).

I've toyed with just adding extract but want to know the proper way to do this ~ thanks in advance!



 
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Old 04-30-2009, 12:47 AM   #2
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any kind of fermentable sugars will work. The most popular though would be malt extract like you stated above, but that will change the complexity of your beer. I like to use honey because it adds a little flavor as well. If you want the same body but higher abv go with corn sugar


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Old 04-30-2009, 12:47 AM   #3
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More fermentables. That means malt or extract.

 
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Old 04-30-2009, 12:51 AM   #4
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Increasing the ABV means more than just boosting the fermentables, though. The beer still needs the correct amount of hops for balance, so it's best to start with the correct recipe.

Just adding more malt to a cream ale would be a higher ABV beer, but probably not going to be as enjoyable to drink as a beer that was meant to be "bigger" all along.

If you want to make a bigger beer, check out the recipes in the database and decide on the style you want to make and go from there.
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Old 04-30-2009, 12:59 AM   #5
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So far they have all tasted great but I don't want to "be able" to drink 12 of them. The whole point of homebrewing for me is to brew flavorful beers and just a couple fill me up (if you know what I mean)
The easy answer is to look for a recipe that has more fermentables, so that it's easy (relatively) to get what you want.

You might also like to consider that other people might want to drink it as well. Still, it's your call.

Just a quick question for the more versed crowd here... are the recipes noted relatively easily to ABV?
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Old 04-30-2009, 01:07 AM   #6
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okay here's the easy answer: take any recipe and then add two pounds of sugar!

 
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Old 04-30-2009, 01:09 AM   #7
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okay here's the easy answer: take any recipe and then add two pounds of sugar!
LOL! Thats what I was afraid of - easy = bad.

Ok, i get the gist of this. Let me develop balanced thinking and I think I can do it. Flavor, body, ABV - good.

 
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Old 04-30-2009, 01:33 AM   #8
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+1 Yoop. Other than what she said I would add the easiest way to boost ABV and not affect the beer much beyond ABV would be to run the same recipe and decrease batch size slightly You will get slightly less hop utilization but it may not be noticable.
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Old 04-30-2009, 01:47 PM   #9
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+1 Yoop. Other than what she said I would add the easiest way to boost ABV and not affect the beer much beyond ABV would be to run the same recipe and decrease batch size slightly You will get slightly less hop utilization but it may not be noticable.
Define "slightly" for me - 5 gallon batch to a 4 gallon batch?

 
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Old 04-30-2009, 02:03 PM   #10
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what about the maltose+dextrose "Boost" pack that AHS sales, they claim it will increase ABV by 1% without affecting the beer. Planning on trying one with my Fat Tire clone this weekend.



 
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