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Old 07-19-2009, 02:29 AM   #1
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Default Increasing ABV in Witbier Kit

I am brewing a Witbier from a Midwest kit and would like to boost the ABV a bit. Would adding 1 lb. of light DME to the boil be reasonable to do, or should I leave well enough alone and just brew the kit? How much will that boost the ABV in a 5-gallon batch? I have a two quart yeast starter with Wyeast 3944 ready to go. Thanks for the help.


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Old 07-19-2009, 02:49 AM   #2
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It will add 9 points. Wheat DME may be a better choice. I wouldn't do it. The recipe is probably better balanced without it. It should be a quick session beer.


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Old 07-19-2009, 03:22 PM   #3
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I have made the midwest kit(extract i presume) and it's nice man. Why up the ABV? I got a few "Big beers" in my rotation but the style calls for it. I have however (Imperialized) recipe's. That will drive your abv up, but sometimes the flavor profile goes to hell and you gotta use a very resilient yeast.
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Old 07-20-2009, 02:43 AM   #4
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Thank you both for the feedback. I brewed it today, as is, according to the recipe. Let's see how it comes out.
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Old 07-20-2009, 06:22 PM   #5
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With my homebrews I used the BrewVint Alcohol Boost from Austin Homebrew and it bumped up the ABV by a little under 1%:

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I'm still pretty new to homebrewing so I'm not sure what others feel about doing this...did it affect the taste of your brews?
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how much did said "brewvint" cost (Edit nm... 2$)because all it is is half malt half corn sugar.... which you can add all by yourself.

I'd just go ahead and make your own mix. Just get a bag of corn sugar.
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Just add some clear candi-sugar to up your ABV, but be careful as it will lighten the body slightly. Many Belgian brews, including Wits, incorporate candi-sugar. You can make your own, takes about 30 minutes and there is a tutorial on the Wiki.
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I'm late to the party, but I recently brewed a Wit (labeled a 'Grand Cru') from Papazian's book. In addition to the typical Wit ingredients I added 2 lbs honey. It's going to take a while to age, but I'll be happy to report any results.


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