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Old 08-21-2012, 11:54 PM   #1
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I got this kit because after brewing 3 decent beers from cooper's (stout, lager, bitter english) I wanted to make something that tasted more like "commercial beer," to see what kind of results I could get. I just started my first batch last night. But now on my 2nd batch I want to try and increase the alcohol content.

With the original batch you mix in: the wort, boiling water, and Cooper's brew enhancer 1 (4.2% alcohol by volume).

So to increase the alcohol content on my next batch I ordered an exra brew enhancer 1 (1 kg each) to mix in.

How will this affect my alcohol content if I mix 2 kgs of brew enhancer instead 1? I'm lookin for around 6% (ABV) or slightly lower (but higher is fine).

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 12:05 AM   #2
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The best way to increase the alcohol content in a beer is to buy a kit or brew a recipe that is designed for the alcohol level that you desire.

Adding sugar will boost the alcohol level but will also thin out and dry out the beer. Not often a good thing.

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 12:28 AM   #3
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What exactly is a brew enhancer? I'd say, look up the recipes for what you'relooking for and the abv. Start making your own recipes/kits. I have done this for my last 3 brews, and I've done 4 total.

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:28 AM   #4
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Be 1= 600g dextrose. 400g maltodextrine Be 2= 250g dme. 250g maltodextrine. 500g dextrose.

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:32 AM   #5
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IMO you would be better off with be2 and 500g of dme.. If using Coopers boxed ingredients. Maybe a few hundred extra grams of dextrose if you want to bump up the alcohol.

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 03:48 PM   #6
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Add a 3lb bag of plain DME & 1 box BE2 with 2oz of flavor hops to balance it out. That give a lighter beer with a bit more abv. See my reipes for how.
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Old 08-22-2012, 04:25 PM   #7
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Add a 3lb bag of plain DME & 1 box BE2 with 2oz of flavor hops to balance it out. That give a lighter beer with a bit more abv. See my reipes for how.
This is probably a little closer to what you want to do. I've been screwing around with the Coopers IPA kit a little trying to develop an easy to brew house IPA that I can keep in stock. I took the first batch to my last club meeting and no one was complaining about it or even thinking it was an extract batch let alone a Coopers can. With two kids and little time to brew, I'm only able to brew all-grain about half the time. If not for doing the occasional extract/steeping kit on my stove, sometimes easier not to have to drag out that burner, or even a 10 minute DME boil with Coopers kit, I'd have a lot less beer around.
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Well,I don't use the enhancers anymore since the 5.3% or so I get from a can with 3lb of DME & the right amount of hops is enough. I like them to be sessionable,but enough alcohol where I feel mellow after 4-5.
I don't always want a big truckload of alcohol. But the BE will add a bit more abv withthe DME without too much extra malt to offset with more hops. Depends on what is desired.
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Old 07-18-2016, 02:45 PM   #9
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So what would happen if I double every ingredient but keep the same amount of water

 
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So what would happen if I double every ingredient but keep the same amount of water
Ideally, it will double the alcohol level.

The reason it might not is, you never know how well it will attenuate. If the yeast doesn't do the job - and this can be a risk for high alcohol beers - then you will not get twice the ABV. Just doubling the amount of yeast might not suffice.

This is where some added sugar helps. It's easier to ferment, so you could almost double the extract, but fill in with some table sugar.

 
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