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Old 01-31-2012, 02:40 AM   #1
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Hi all, first post here. While waiting for my first ever batch (a kit) to bottle condition, I began my second batch. I didn't really realize how much sugar I was supposed to add. I think I added too much - I guess the task of upping the alcohol content was clouding my brain.

Could someone take a look at my recipe below and perhaps provide some comment or clue as to this batch's future? It's been fermenting furiously for two days now. 5 gal. THANKS!

3.3 lbs dark UME
2.4 lbs (2 cans Mr. Beer) Sticky Wicket UME
9-10 g dry ale yeast - Safale s-04
1 lb dry *lactose sugar
1 qt (32oz) grade A maple syrup
1 c molasses*
2 c dark corn syrup
5 c brown sugar
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Old 01-31-2012, 02:42 AM   #2
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That does look like a ton of simple sugars, but it is tough to really know using volume (cups) instead of weight. Any idea how much each sugar addition weighs?
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Wow, a cup of molasses is what sticks out to me. I mean the sugar is one thing, but with that much molasses that is basically all you are going to taste.

I am not sure what UME is...I assume it's liquid? Does the "U" mean "unhopped"?

If that is the case then you made this and didn't add any hops whatsoever?
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Wow, a cup of molasses is what sticks out to me. I mean the sugar is one thing, but with that much molasses that is basically all you are going to taste.

I am not sure what UME is...I assume it's liquid? Does the "U" mean "unhopped"?

If that is the case then you made this and didn't add any hops whatsoever?
If that's the case this is going to be the booziest sugar water the world has ever seen.
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If that's the case this is going to be the booziest sugar water the world has ever seen.
I seriously LoL'd at this. Almost made my beer come out my nose!
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Old 01-31-2012, 03:02 AM   #6
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Well, 5 cups brown sugar is 1 1/4 lbs. 2 pounds maple syrup. About 1/2 pound corn syrup and a 1/2 pound molasses.

Also, UME means unhopped malt extract...no hops at all. I wanted a dark stout...didn't think there was hops in a stout.
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I count like 11 pounds sugars. Should have saved the good yeast and pitched the ones that came in the kit. Can't wait till you post again after trying it.
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Keep an eye on your gravity during fermentation. By the looks of it, your fermentation will likely stall due to the high alcohol content produced from all those simple sugars. You might want to think about re-pitching. It would have been nice if you pitched onto a fresh yeast cake and added more yeast once it began to stall. Oh well, that's how we all learn! Worst case, the beer will taste more like cider than beer. It will likely still be drinkable, but probably will be sweet and boozy tasting at first. Age it for a year and then taste it. Don't stress out too much, I'm sure it will be fine. Good luck and cheers!!
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i don't know what you made, but it ain't beer...
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Well, 5 cups brown sugar is 1 1/4 lbs. 2 pounds maple syrup. About 1/2 pound corn syrup and a 1/2 pound molasses.

Also, UME means unhopped malt extract...no hops at all. I wanted a dark stout...didn't think there was hops in a stout.
Typically, malt extract is referred to as dry or liquid, and by color - it's assumed to be unhopped. Also, stouts absolutely use hops.

Hops serve three purposes, two of which are considered to be optional.

#1 (required): hops added early in the boil give you bittering to balance out the sweetness from your sugars.

#2: hops added later in the boil add flavors... be these citrusy, earthy, whatever.

#3: hops added at the end of the boil add aromas to the beer.


If you don't have #1 (and you don't use some ancient traditional alternative like berries or whatever), you essentially end up with dark boozy sugar water, not beer.

Not trying to insult, only help you understand what hops are for. For your next try, you might want to check out recipes online for stouts.
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