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Old 03-08-2007, 02:53 AM   #1
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I have searched around and i have read that alcohol boosters are just corn sugar. how much can you add until starts giving the beer a cider taste. I was thinking of adding a pound of corn sugar to the all grain wheat beer i am doing this weekend to bring it to about 6.2 % alcohol vol. will this do anything to the flavor of the beer?



 
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Old 03-08-2007, 03:00 AM   #2
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I have searched around and i have read that alcohol boosters are just corn sugar. how much can you add until starts giving the beer a cider taste. I was thinking of adding a pound of corn sugar to the all grain wheat beer i am doing this weekend to bring it to about 6.2 % alcohol vol. will this do anything to the flavor of the beer?
I would avoid the corn sugar and get a pound of wheat extract. It will boost the alcohol without compromising your beer.


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Old 03-08-2007, 03:12 AM   #3
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what about just another pound of grain. my program says it will bring alc. to about 6%

 
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Old 03-08-2007, 03:15 AM   #4
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what about just another pound of grain. my program says it will bring alc. to about 6%
That is even a better idea.
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Old 03-08-2007, 04:27 AM   #5
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I've heard of people using corn sugar for really high gravity beers that would be way too malty if only grain were used. I'm not sure what the cut off point for the cidery taste is.
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Old 03-08-2007, 04:29 AM   #6
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too malty?

thats weird...

what about honey or rice extract?

 
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Old 03-08-2007, 04:59 AM   #7
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honestly I dont understand the infatuation with raising the alcohol content up. In most cases kits already come with enough grain/dme to put the beer in the proper range for alcohol. My Belgian wits are all around 4.5, and my Trios Pistoles will be 9.5. Theres no need to go messing with it just to make it 5.5% or 10.5%. I think it takes away from the beer.

Rice husk... cmon...this isnt miller lite...

Honey will certainly do it, but you'll end up with a strong alcohol bite.

as far as homebrew shops go, its just a way to bleed $1.29 more out of your wallet...come time to enjoy your beer you'll never know different without it.
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Old 03-08-2007, 05:00 AM   #8
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Rice Solids convert, and don't add body.
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Old 03-08-2007, 05:14 AM   #9
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Adding corn sugar makes a lighter bodied beer likely taking away from the malt flavor or at the very least adding nothing, and considering it is a wheat beer you shouldn't want it any lighter. I don't see the point in raising the ABV one or two points. What good does it do? If you are that hellbent on doing it though, I would either add another 2 pounds of grain to the mash or add a pound of DME to the boil.

 
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Old 03-08-2007, 05:44 AM   #10
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I don't just drink beer for the flavor being young i like getting drunk the high alc. % the faster i get drunk. I enjoy good beers and brewing them if i can make a good beer with higher alc. % then why not. less home brew i have to use.



 
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