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Old 02-23-2012, 12:59 AM   #1
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So in my second all grain BIAB batch I put together a chocolate milk stout, but due to a typo in my directions, I mashed a little too high and didn't get as many fermentables as I would have wished. It went from a 1.061 OG down to about a 1.023. I expected it to attenuate a little lower for a tiny bit more ABV. It's now in its second week in secondary, sitting on top of some cacao nibs and a vanilla bean. If I added just basic sugar (or even some DME?) at this point, would I get some more ABV out of it without thinning it out or ruining the product? Should I just be happy with the stout as it is? Its not like it falls out of style limits or anything, I just wanted a slight bit more ABV to this one. Thanks!


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Old 02-23-2012, 01:03 AM   #2
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You might but I wouldn't. 1023 should make for a nice thick milky mouth feel. Don't do anything until you taste a chilled sample. I think you have a happy accident here.
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You might but I wouldn't. 1023 should make for a nice thick milky mouth feel. Don't do anything until you taste a chilled sample. I think you have a happy accident here.
I've pretty much relegated myself to leaving it as is. I do think this will be a tasty brew though...a little hazelnut extract at bottling and I'll have my Brew-tella stout There was some cocoa powder in the boil, a pound of lactose, plus what's in the secondary right now.
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