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Old 12-14-2011, 01:43 AM   #1
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I am looking to make a high alcohol beer. What do I need to do. Can I take any recipe and change its alcohol content?



 
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:45 AM   #2
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well there is a little more to it than just changing its alcohol content.

What style of beer are you looking to make?



 
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:48 AM   #3
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Not quite sure yet. Possibly an IPA or a stout. I figured there was more to it but wasn't sure where to start.

 
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:49 AM   #4
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How high are you looking to get?? Do you have a towel?

IF you're going to do this, I would advise getting brewing software so that you can also alter the hop schedule/amounts so that you maintain the IBU's and such. Also, are you brewing extract (with or without specialty grains), partial mash or all grain?? That will also determine how you go about this.

Also keep in mind that depending on how far you boost the ABV, you could need a good amount of aging time before you can drink the brew (without having it taste hot)...
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:49 AM   #5
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hey redman. i had the same thought yesterday and i found this very helpfull
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/how-...lcohol-223754/
at the bottom of the page are other threads of similar topics with the amount of reply's they have, look at " Using sugar to increase ABV? " with 16 reply's
these have pretty much all you need

 
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:49 AM   #6
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More Alchohol=More fermentables. Are you Extract or All Grain?
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:56 AM   #7
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Keep in mind, also, that using plain sugars will make the brew thinner (less body) which isn't always a desired result. Using DME would help boost the ABV while helping to retain the body. Just use light DME (or extra light) to get the boost. You can also combine DME with sugars like honey, grade B maple syrup, to add some more flavor to a brew. IF you're going to add the additional sugar sources (honey, or maple syrup) I would add them once fermentation has been going for at least a few days (or a week) so that the yeast has a large colony size to munch on the new sugars.

Getting high often results in also getting the munchies. Yeast are no different...

Do you have a towel??
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Old 12-14-2011, 02:03 AM   #8
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More Alchohol=More fermentables. Are you Extract or All Grain?
yup its that simple. add more fermentable sugars, and you will get more alchohol. making it taste good (or even drinkable) is another story. as a rule of thumb, the higher the ABV a beer has, the longer it takes to mature. one exception is IPA's and double IPA's because the strong hop flavors covers up alot of "green" flavors. what kind of beer do you like?

 
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Old 12-14-2011, 02:04 AM   #9
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Take a recipe, and double it, but still keep the batch size at 5 gallons. Double the yeast too.
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Old 12-14-2011, 02:11 AM   #10
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More Alchohol=More fermentables. Are you Extract or All Grain?
Extract



 
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