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Old 04-28-2012, 03:32 AM   #11
Jul 2011
Windsor, CT
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ABV is not the only stat for homemade beer. In fact my home brewery all of the "patrons" judge the product on taste. I'd leave it be. Sub 5% beers are especially great for the summer when it's hot and you tend to drink em fast.

You need to know what you're going for if you want to have predictable results. Use beer calculus at to calculate the stats of your recipes so that you can know what to expect.

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Old 04-28-2012, 03:45 AM   #12
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Apr 2011
Cibolo, TX
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You can add table sugar, corn sugar, dme, ect... at anytime, doesn't mater if fermentation has been going for 24 hours or four days, the yeast will take care of it. I use table sugar in trippels, golden strongs, IPAs, and IIPAs with very good results. I recommend keeping it to 15% or less of your fermentables, although you can go upto 20% if you had a higher OG to begin with. Boil some water, add sugar, cool to 70ish, add to your fermenter, and give it a gentle swirl.

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Old 04-28-2012, 04:46 AM   #13
Feb 2012
Denver, CO
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Was this a partial boil? OG readings are notoriously unreliable when topping up with water due to improper mixing.

If it were me, I would follow Garty's advice and just go with it. You may end up with a wonderfully sessionable IPA. Then again, most of my beers start out between 1.035 and 1.050 so I am definitely biased toward quaffers.

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