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Old 01-14-2012, 11:59 PM   #11
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Yeah, came off a Lil crappy honestly.

I was looking for a small boost at no sacrifice to taste. As you read in my first post. I'm trying to do it as intelligently as possible, or not at all. Apology accepted though. Cheers


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Old 01-15-2012, 12:02 AM   #12
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using lactose will give you alcohol and some light sweetness. Milk stouts use this.
I was under the impression that lactose is not fermentable, will just add sweetness.


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Old 01-15-2012, 12:03 AM   #13
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using lactose will give you alcohol and some light sweetness. Milk stouts use this.
Lactose doesn't ferment therefore doesn't create alcohol.
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Old 01-15-2012, 12:04 AM   #14
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So milk is a no go?
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Old 01-15-2012, 12:05 AM   #15
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What about vodka? I'm sure someone's done this. Lol.

I'm not one of them, but I bet someone has, haha
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Old 01-15-2012, 12:05 AM   #16
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Yeah, came off a Lil crappy honestly.

I was looking for a small boost at no sacrifice to taste. As you read in my first post. I'm trying to do it as intelligently as possible, or not at all. Apology accepted though. Cheers
No worries my friend. Honestly, adding any kind of adjunct that will not effect the flavor would increase the abv so little that I'd be willing to say that you'd notice no appreciable difference.
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Your title does say "adding alcohol to boil" so I understand where johnsma was confused. I was a little confused myself, but I have come to the conclusion you are already fermenting and just want to boost the ABV because you weren't happy with the OG. As others stated you may be better off adding DME so as not to thin it too much.
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I'd add a little extract instead of sugar to the boil. It will balance out the alcohol with malt flavor. You'll also want to increase the hops slightly, to balance out the malt.

As was mentioned, adding alcohol to the boil would just boil the alcohol off. But, you could add vodka to the beer after fermentation to give it extra kick. I don't think I'd try it, but that's just me.
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Haven't brewed yet.... Sorry for the confusion
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Old 01-15-2012, 12:29 AM   #20
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Your title does say "adding alcohol to boil" so I understand where johnsma was confused. .
Yeah I thought the same thing.. Sorry OP but your title is misleading! And lactose is not "milk"!


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