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Old 01-18-2012, 07:35 PM   #1
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Default How can I lower the alcohol content?

I have a Hefe that I'm planning on brewing within a few days. The guy that gave me the recipe said it's a good beer but very high in alcohol. What would knock this down to the normal 5% range? As is, I think its near 7.5.

Here is the ingredient list.

7 Pounds Alexander's Pale/Wheat Malt Syrup
3 Pounds Munton & Fison Pale
1 Pound Flaked Wheat
1/2 Ounce Coriander
1 ounce Mt Hood(Boil 60 Min)
3/4 ounce Simcoe (End of Boil - Whirlpool - Cover & Force Cool)
WL300 Liquid Yeast

The OG is 1.075
The FG is 1.020


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Old 01-18-2012, 07:50 PM   #2
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drop 1lb of each extract, it'll take off about 2%. you'll need to drop a lil off the bittering to keep the same balance tho


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Old 01-18-2012, 07:56 PM   #3
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Brew it as is, and dilute.

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Old 01-18-2012, 08:14 PM   #4
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I plugged this in to Beersmith and you could make this a 7.5 gallon batch to get an abv of 4.9%. Or, if you want to stay at 5 gallons, you could change the recipe to something like this:

4lbs 12oz Alexander's Pale/Wheat Malt Syrup
2lbs Munton & Fison Pale
11oz Flaked Wheat
1/2 Ounce Coriander
.6oz Mt Hood for 8 IBU or stay with 1oz for 13 IBU
3/4 ounce Simcoe
WL300 Liquid Yeast

Est OG 1.051
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You simply want to reduce the fermentables. The less there is for the yeast to eat, the lower the alcohol content will be. I would drop 1-2lb off of the extract, then leave the rest similar. SlimeyBooger is on the right track.
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You could also boil off some of the alcohol post ferment and keep the grain bill the same....but thats a PITA. Look up removing alcohol from beer to make it low/no alcohol (near beer).
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You could also boil off some of the alcohol post ferment and keep the grain bill the same....but thats a PITA. Look up removing alcohol from beer to make it low/no alcohol (near beer).
It would be so much easier just to reduce the amount of malt extract in the recipe, especially as a newer brewer.
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It would be so much easier just to reduce the amount of malt extract in the recipe, especially as a newer brewer.
Which is why I made note its a PITA.....obviously reducing fermentables is the no brainer answer. Just keeping his options open.
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So maybe a pound of each and add a half gallon of water?
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Just use a brewing program like beersmith or brewtarget (<<<BT is free) and figure out where you want your OG to be and scale back that way.


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