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Old 02-24-2010, 02:52 PM   #31
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There are a few reasons your brew may be watery and/or less alcoholic than it should be.


1) are you 100% sure you started with 5 gallons of brew in primary?

2) are you letting the wort cool sufficiently before pitching your yeast?

3) are you letting the brew ferment for ~ a month?

4) are you sure you have been adding all of the fermentables to your wort?

 
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Old 02-26-2010, 04:52 PM   #32
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How long are you letting your beer bottle condition? My extract brews start out a little watery, but after 4-5 weeks they have much better mouth feel/body. It sucks waiting, but maybe it just needs more time.

 
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Old 02-26-2010, 04:57 PM   #33
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When you took your gravity readings did you include the temp of the wort?

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Old 02-26-2010, 06:10 PM   #34
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A fun way to estimate (albeit completely unscientific) would be to get a sixer of a commerical beer similar in style and see how drunk you get. Then drink a sixer of your homebrew and compare inebriation levels

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Old 03-14-2010, 10:08 PM   #35
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A fun way to estimate (albeit completely unscientific) would be to get a sixer of a commerical beer similar in style and see how drunk you get. Then drink a sixer of your homebrew and compare inebriation levels
Make sure you leave at least a day between taking "readings" otherwise you will be left with the conclusion of "Damn my beer is strong"

 
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Old 03-14-2010, 10:12 PM   #36
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Also what kind of kit was it? an all malt extract or one that needed an extra kg of sugar? Once with one of those +kg sugar kits I nearly forgot the sugar and was wondering why the OG was 1.020, then I noticed the bag of sugar sitting next to the sample.

 
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Old 03-15-2010, 12:58 AM   #37
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I must be a real stinkin' drunk because I've actually gotten to where I can tell the ABV of a beer (close, not exact) simply by comparing the buzz I have to how much I've consumed in "X" amount of time. LOL!!!

 
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Old 03-16-2010, 01:00 AM   #38
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By reading the replies, doing some research and drinking a few I believe I know the problem. I never took an initial reading before adding the yeast and made the conversion to get an accurate reading. Over the past week I drank quite a bit of em, and after just a couple, I could tell there was alcohol in there lol.

 
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Old 03-16-2010, 01:07 AM   #39
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With only one reading, I would have bet that you would have overestimated the abv, lol.

 
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