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Old 05-25-2010, 03:35 PM   #1
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Default Homebrew calories.

My gf brought up a good point. She stated that beer usually does have a lot of calories (which is true). Then I said well I'm not sure if homebrew has more or less then regular beer but I have a feeling its definetly less due to less adjunc?? Or does homebrew have more adjunc?


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Old 05-25-2010, 03:51 PM   #2
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light BMC beer doesn't have very many calories. there are formulas out there that calculate your beer's calories per bottle.

here is a site that will calculate based on a 12oz bottle.


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Old 05-25-2010, 03:57 PM   #3
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Generally, more malt + more alcohol = more calories. So, homebrew will probably have more calories. A "light" BMC is lower alcohol, and adjunct-ridden which will ferment out more fully.
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My homebrew has no calories. At least that's the illusion I plan to uphold!
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If you use beersmith it gives you an estimated calories/pint. Its not pretty On most of my beers its about 250. Miller Light is 90something. I'm cutting back consumption during the week solely for the calories.
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I run 40 miles a week so I can drink as much b33r as I want.

I would think your average home brew has much more calories than your regularly consumed commercial beers.....
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I gave up eating so I can enjoy the fruits of my labor more fully. As mentioned above, Beersmith provides estimates and many of my brews are in the 240-260 calories per pint range.
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A general rule of thumb is look at the starting gravity. To get a sub 100 calorie beer, your starting gravity needs to be around 1.031 or less. So how many beers have you done that have a starting gravity like that? Yeah, not many but I don't drink beer to watch calories, most of weight gain from beer drinking comes from the snacking that happens at the same time so just on a treadmill while you drink


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the partigyle brew I did resulted in a 1.106 gravity barleywine that will be about 375 calories per 12oz and a 1.034 small beer that is about 108 calories per 12oz

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More calories per serving yes, but do you drink more calories per drinking session? If it takes 4 or 5 100 calorie beers to get you feeling the same as two good home brews, it's all relative. Just work out, you'll feel better and not feel guilty about drinking
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Well i run on the olyptical every day and I don't drink every day so I should be fine but I was just curious about that. I kinda figured malt adds alot of calories to beer.


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