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Old 07-26-2005, 12:31 PM   #1
Jul 2005
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Hi all

If i did replace half of the sugar with DME would it weaken the alcohol content of the lager? bearing in mind i am doing a beginners kit where u just add sugar etc.


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Old 07-26-2005, 12:50 PM   #2
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No. You need the malt to give you the beer flavor.

If the total amount of sugar is equal to 20% of the total malt content your beer will taste like syrup.

The more malt the merrier.
HB Bill

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Old 07-26-2005, 02:44 PM   #3
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Bear in mind, even in beginner's kits sugar is not a good idea (even if the kit tells you to add it)...malt is always better as homebrewer_99 points out.

Oh don't give me none more of that Old Janx Spirit
No, don't you give me none more of that Old Janx Spirit
For my head will fly, my tongue will lie, my eyes will fry and I may die
Won't you pour me one more of that sinful Old Janx Spirit

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Old 07-26-2005, 02:47 PM   #4
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yeah - i got the muntons bock and wheat beer, and they recommend experimenting like :
add 1kg of sugar and a 500g bag of DME
add 500g sugar and a 500g bag of DME
add 2x500g bags of DME instead of sugar....

I don't think it'd have any effect on the alcohol, just the flavour. that said, 1kg of sugar and 500g DME should increase the amount of alcohol - more ferementables.

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